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Rory McIlroy after a tee shot on Sunday on the P.G.A. Championship. He had a sixty eight, his solely sub-70 spherical of the event.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Rory McIlroy completed the P.G.A. Championship on Sunday together with his solely robust spherical of the event after which delivered a press release that was much more alarming than his tie for twenty second place.

“You won’t see me till subsequent yr,” McIlroy stated after ending one over par for the occasion. “You may see me in a few weeks’ time. It actually relies upon.”

He stated that a rib damage, which started bothering him early this yr, had flared up and that he may take an indefinite break.

“Proper now, I can really feel my left rhomboid going into spasm,” McIlroy stated after capturing a sixty eight, his first sub-70 spherical of the event.

He added, “Inside my left arm goes numb.”

McIlroy rested for seven weeks after the damage appeared. He returned in time for the Masters, then took off a few further weeks for his wedding ceremony and a honeymoon. When he began enjoying once more, he stated, he “went from zero” to 3 or 4 hours a day of hitting balls, a transition that he stated in all probability aggravated his damage.

The fourth-ranked participant on the earth, McIlroy has not gained because the Tour Championship a yr in the past and has not had a serious victory since 2014, when he captured his second P.G.A. Championship at Valhalla Golf Membership in Louisville, Ky. On the time, McIlroy was 25, ranked No. 1 on the planet and the third-youngest participant — behind solely Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus — to have gained 4 majors.

McIlroy stated he would take a number of days to evaluate his choices, however he was not optimistic.

“The extra I play,” he stated, “it’s simply not permitting that point to heal one hundred pc.”

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