Rory McIlroy does not expect to be back in action from a rib injury until the WGC-Mexico Championship in March – just a month before the Masters.
The Northern Irishman missed last week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and the European Tour subsequently confirmed he would also not take part in the Dubai Desert Classic.
Speaking to The Clubhouse Pod with FOX Sports, the 27-year-old said: “I am trying to get back for Mexico, that’s my timetable for return.
“I could maybe get back before that, but if I were to play Honda (Classic in Florida) and then go straight to Mexico, that would be playing two weeks in a row.
“I would like to ease my way in gently.”
Despite being in pain, McIlroy had competed in the 2017 BMW SA Open, where he finished runner-up after losing a play-off to England’s Graeme Storm.
The Johannesburg event, which ran from January 12 to 15, was his only…