Fit-again McIlroy to compete at US Open
05 Jun 2017 - 23:55
New York: World number two Rory McIlroy (pictured) has recovered from a rib injury that has kept him out of action since the middle of May and has declared himself fit to compete at this month's US Open, the 28-year-old has said.
The four-times major winner has been regaining fitness at the Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal and will return to action at the year's second major in Erin Hills, Wisconsin when the tournament begins on June 15.
"I am ready for Erin Hills and looking forward to playing there for the first time," McIlroy told The Guardian newspaper.
"The last few weeks have obviously been frustrating... but it was important I got back to a level of fitness where I felt like I could give myself the best possible chance at the US Open.
"As I have said many times before, majors will ultimately determine my golf career but I have had the rest of this busy season to consider as well," he said.
McIlroy sustained the injury earlier this year and suffered a recurrence during the Players Championship, where he finished tied for 35th. He subsequently withdrew from the European Tour's PGA Championship and the Memorial tournament on the PGA Tour.
The Northern Irishman won the 2011 US Open at Bethesda, Maryland by eight strokes and will be seeking his second title in the event.
Meanwhile, Lydia Ko will remain world number one for at least one more week after the company which calculates the women's global golf rankings incorrectly said that Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn had overtaken her.
The technical provider of the Women's World Golf Rankings said in a statement on Monday that a "bug in a projection tool" had caused a snafu which incorrectly showed that Ariya had dethroned New Zealand star Ko.
"When running the projections, the tool used the date on which the projections were run, rather than the date when the rankings would be released," the statement said.
The mix-up meant that an additional tournament -- the 2015 Manulife LPGA Classic -- was included in the calculation last week. When the rankings were calculated on Monday the event was dropped, giving one fewer tournament for each player -- and leaving Ko with a razor-thin lead in ranking points.
Ko now remains number one by a margin of 0.01 points.