McIlroy adds Honda Classic to hectic early 2018 schedule

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Rory Mcilroy is beefing up his 2018 spring schedule.

The Honda Classic announced Thursday that McIlroy will participate in the event held Feb. 22-25 at PGA National Resort & Spa, after missing the tournament in 2017 due to a rib injury.

The Northern Irishman is currently in the middle of a three-month break from competitive golf as he deals with the injury he suffered last January, but has recently been posting swing videos on social media.

"It is great to see Rory getting back to being healthy again," Honda Classic Executive Kenneth R. Kennerly said in a statement. "He has been such a great friend to The Honda Classic through the years and is one of the game's premier players and a fan favorite. We hope The Honda Classic helps springboard him to a phenomenal year in 2018."

McIlroy is scheduled to play in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai in January, before heading to the PGA Tour for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, Genesis Open, Honda Classic, Valspar Championship, and Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The 28-year-old has qualified for WGC events in the lead-up to The Masters in early April, but has yet to commit to either tournament, according to his website.

McIlroy won the 2012 Honda Classic en route to ascending to No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career.