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Hurt rib keeping McIlroy from Dubai Desert Classic next week

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VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) Rory McIlroy will miss the Dubai Desert Classic next week to keep recovering from a stress fracture of a rib.

The European Tour tweeted the confirmation on Monday.

McIlroy revealed a week ago that he injured himself, aggravating the rib while finishing runner-up at the SA Open in Gauteng.

Rib stress fractures generally take six weeks to heal. He already missed the Abu Dhabi Championship last week.

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McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 and 2015.