World number two Rory McIlroy says he will be fit to play in this year's US Open following a troublesome rib injury.
The 28-year-old was treated for a stress fracture to his ribs earlier in the year, struggled a relapse during the Players Championship in Florida in May, and subsequently withdrew from the PGA Championship at Wentworth.
However, the Ulsterman has spent the last two weeks on rehabilitation work at the Quinta do Lago resort in Portugal, and announced on Sunday that he is fit to play at the US Open at Erin Hills, which begins on Thursday, 15 June.
"I am ready for Erin Hills and looking forward to playing there for the first time," 2011 US Open winner McIlroy said.
"The last few weeks have obviously been frustrating – I never like to miss events either on theor European Tour – but it was important I got back to a level of fitness where I felt like I could give myself the best possible chance at the US Open.
"As I have said many times before, majors will ultimately determine my golf career but I have had the rest of this busy season to consider as well."
Phil Mickelson has already announced that he will miss the event in order to attend his daughter Amanda's graduation in San Diego.
"We certainly understand and support that Phil’s family commitments are of paramount importance," the tournament's executive director Mike Davis said.
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