Rory Mcllroy has pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic billed for next week as he takes time off to recover from a rib injury.

After the event in South Africa, the World number two had to withdraw from the desert affair as a scan showed a stress fracture.

The 27-year old Northern Irishman continues to rehabilitate after he withdrew from the Abu Dhabi Championship. The European Tour made the announcement from the event where he picked up his first pro title eight years ago.

Mclloy drew notice to the back pain when he played a play-off against Graeme Storm. He lost the game in SA but continued in Jo’burg with his back taped up. The player would not be happy as it casts further setbacks to his plans for April. Mclloy is hoping to do a career Grand Slam at the Masters in April having won four major already. He took inflammatory tablets to finish the games in Africa but was not able to continue at the planned European Tour event.

Many have attributed the cause of the injury to hours he spent testing new equipment during the end of the year. His strenuous gym routine could have contributed as well. He has always been a quick healer but it is advisable that he takes no risk this time with his recovery.

The Masters has eluded him for a while so it is evidently his biggest dream. The feat would make him the sixth golfer to do a career grand slam.

The injury could affect plans for Los Angeles and Florida and even dent his chances at the Masters. Also, the pressure when he returns might not do him good. However it is something he cannot rush.