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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 224
THE BALLS THAT CHANGED THE BALL. THE BALLS THAT CHANGED THE BALL. THE BALLS THAT CHANGED THE BALL. THE BALLS THAT CHANGED THE BALL. CALLAWAYGOLF.COM.AU INJURY FORCES MCILROY'S WITHDRAWAL WORLD No.2 Rory McIlroy has pulled out of the Abu Dhabi Championship with a rib injury after MRI scans revealed a stress fracture. Despite complaining of severe back pain for much of the BMW South African Open Championship in Johannesburg, the 27-year-old just missed out on taking out the event, losing to Englishman Graeme Storm in a three-hole playoff. McIlroy told reporters a scan was booked to determine the cause of the pain, and results on Monday confirmed the injury. He was scheduled to play in the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week but has withdrawn due to the injury. "It's bitterly disappointing. I think everyone knows how much I love playing this tournament," he said. "In situations like this you simply have to listen to the experts, and the team I have consulted have all advised me to rest until my rib has fully recovered." The Northern Irishman will begin a rehabilitation programme in the hope of fast- tracking a return. BROOKE’S RETURN TO OZ CANADA’s Brooke Henderson has confirmed she’ll be heading Down Under to tee it up at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open next month. The 19-year-old sensation enjoyed a breakout year on the LPGA Tour in 2016, including claiming her maiden major at the Women's PGA Championship. Henderson said she is looking forward to teeing it up at The Royal Adelaide Golf Club from February 16-19. “I’m really looking forward to returning to The Royal Adelaide Golf Club in February,” she said. “Last year was my first visit to Australia and it was one of my favourite stops on Tour. I finished in the top 10 and I’ll aim even higher this time around.” The LPGA sanctioned tournament will host some of the best in women’s golf, with world No.1 Lydia Ko, world No.2 Ariya Jutanugarn, defending champion Haru Nomura and top-ranked Australian trio Minjee Lee, five-time champ Karrie Webb and Su Oh in the field. To purchase tickets online, visit womensausopen.com/ticketing. TRAPS AROUND the
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