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NI golfer Rory McIlroy set to play in Arizona event

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy has finished in the top seven in eight of his last nine events

Rory McIlroy is expected to be fit for next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play in Arizona after being told he has slight nerve damage in his lower back.

The 20-year-old from Northern Ireland, who has moved up to seventh in the world rankings, had a scan on a niggling back problem on Monday night.

McIlroy's injury could be linked to the hip movement in his swing.

"They go backwards and then forwards and that puts a little strain on the lower back," said McIlroy.

The Holywood player has been working with South African physio Cornell Driesson to try to manage the discomfort.

McIlroy saw a specialist on his return from Dubai, where he finished sixth on Sunday in defence of his Desert Classic title.

"I do all the exercises I can to make everything stronger around the joints and it is a matter of resting and managing my schedule so that I am not playing too many weeks in a row," he added.

McIlroy has taken up US Tour membership this season and next week is the first of five events there before The Masters in April.

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