Saturday 10 December 2016

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Published 30/10/2016 | 00:00

World number three Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from next week's £5.7million Turkish Airlines Open, the first of the European Tour's three Final Series events.

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No reason was given by the four-time major winner's manager when he informed Tour officials of the decision yesterday.

McIlroy is currently contesting the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, where some inconsistent form left him eight shots off the lead held by Japan's Hideki Matsuyama on 17 under par.

The Holywood ace had spoken of his desire to win at least one of his last three events this season - in Shanghai, Turkey and Dubai - to try to win the Race to Dubai for a third year in succession. The 27-year-old, who is more than a million points behind leader Danny Willett, was set to be the star attraction at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort in Antalya after Tiger Woods pulled out, the 14-time major winner saying he needed more time to work on his game after a long injury lay-off.

Earlier this month, European Tour officials investigated reports that the southern Turkish holiday resort region of Antalya was hit in a rocket attack.

Turkish media reported that two rockets were fired from a mountainous area close to the highway linking the city of Antalya to the resort town of Kemer. No one was killed or injured in the attack.

Belfast Telegraph

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