McIlroy puts health before golf in season-end break

Rory McIlroy is putting fitness first – and a search for answers.

And that might be a telling blow for the European Tour hoping to have the Northern Irish star around for some of their biggest events.

Rory McIlory Rory McIlroy (Credit: DP World)

McIlroy has declared he will head for a ‘spell’ after he contests the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews in October.

That could be costly for the European Tour’s Rolex Series and the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Not only has McIlroy ruled out contesting the one remaining WGC event in China and the last four Rolex Series events, he has declared he would like to begin his 2018 season in Hawaii and tee it up in the US PGA Tour’s ‘West Coast Swing’.

That might mean saying no to personal sponsors Omega by not contesting January’s Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

If that occurs it would be the first time since he turned pro late in 2007 that McIlroy will not be seen in the Middle East at the start of a new season.

“In this time off following the Dunhill, I am going to get a full health and body screen, including blood tests, biomechanical tests, a food and tolerance test to see that if there are any foods that I eat that are causing inflammation in my body,” McIlroy said.

“It will be also nice to have this near three-month lay-off to reflect as well as undertake all these things and not to leave out any detail.”

“I intend to play in Hawaii if I win one of these FedExCup play-off events, as I have never started my year in Hawaii and if I don’t, I will most likely start in San Diego.”

Still McIlroy is focusing on shrugging off those niggling injuries he has picked-up and intends looking after his body in the years to come.

“I just want to get everything 100 per cent right so that for the next 10, 12 or 15 years I know exactly what I am doing and what I am working on, and that’s leaving no stone unturned,” he said.