Rory McIlroy to take 'prolonged' break from golf as he looks to recapture Major-winning form
Rory McIlroy has revealed that he will take time off from golf after the upcoming Fedex Cup playoffs.
McIlroy will finish 2017 without a Major for the third straight season, after struggling with a rib injury he suffered early in the year. The four-time Major champion has now stated that he will take a 'prolonged period off' to ready himself for next season.
"I'm OK to play these next four out of five weeks," McIlroy told ESPN
"But then I do need a prolonged period off at some point in 2017 to be ready for 2018.
"I feel like I'm going to have a good bit of time at the end of the year to work on my fitness, to work on my game. Guys who play both tours, you don't get this opportunity to take a couple of months off and really work on what you need to work on, on your game -- a real and proper offseason. Like every other sport has, basically. I'm excited for that."
McIlroy said that he will play in the Fedex Cup playoff tournaments, starting with the Northern Trust event this week, before finishing his 2017 season at the Dunhill Links Championship in early October, where his dad Gerry will be his amateur playing partner.
That schedule would see him miss the European Tour's end-of-season Race to Dubai.