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Monaghan wants quick McIlroy recovery from rib injury

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New PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monaghan is hoping Rory McIlroy can get back to competitive action sooner rather than later.

World number two McIlroy finished second in the BMW SA Open this month, but was sent for scans following the tournament after complaining of a rib injury.

The Northern Irishman pulled out of the Abu Dhabi Championship before confirming he would be out of action for the whole of February due to the problem.

He has targeted a return to action on March 2 and Monaghan, who has been in the job for a month since taking over the reins from Tim Finchem, hopes to see the four-time major winner back soon.

“Rory brings such great excitement to our Tour,” he said. “He is our current FedEx Cup champion. Look at what he did at the 16th hole at Eastlake last year, as no one provided more excitement that final round.

“Rory is a global brand. He is a very passionate about the game. He is very passionate how he competes at the highest level.

“He is also very passionate where he is from and we are very fortunate to have him in the sport and out front, and competing at the level he does.

“So, we want to get him back out here as we soon as he can.”

McIlroy will be hoping to gather some form on his return in time for the Masters at Augusta National in April.

The 27-year-old only needs the coveted Green Jacket to complete the Grand Slam of majors and join an elite list to have won all of the ‘big four’ events.

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