News & ToursJanuary 15, 2017

Rory McIlroy to undergo MRI on back

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 15:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during day four of the BMW South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club on January 15, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
Getty ImagesJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 15: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during day four of the BMW South African Open Championship at Glendower Golf Club on January 15, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Despite an impressive 2017 debut at the South African Open -- where he lost to Graeme Storm in a three-hole playoff -- Rory McIlroy's next appearance could be in doubt thanks to back pain. The four-time major winner tweaked his upper back Friday morning, pain significant enough that he almost pulled out of the event. McIlroy said he received treatment before and after each of the next three rounds.

McIlroy told reporters on Sunday that he's scheduled to undergo an MRI scan Monday on his injured back.

"I fly to Dubai tonight and then will go for an MRI tomorrow just to see what's up with this joint in my back," McIlroy said to the European Tour website. "It was manageable this week with tape and a few pills, so I am fine, but first and foremost I have to get fully fit and healthy again and hopefully I'll be all right to play next week."

The 27 year old is supposed to compete in this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

"Part of me really wants to make this week because there is so much to play for but at the same time there is so much to play for over the whole season and I don't want to jeopardize long-term goals for short-term gain," McIlroy said. "Hopefully I'll be good to go."


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