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European Tour chief grants Rory McIlroy coveted Final Series spot

By Staff Reporter

World No 1 Rory McIlroy has been given a special exemption by the European Tour in order for him to play in the lucrative season-ending Final Series.

An ankle injury has curtailed the Ulsterman's schedule to the extent where he would not meet the 13-event qualification standard in order to remain in the Race to Dubai even though he currently leads the rankings.

McIlroy had to sit out the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, the Open and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which would have all worked towards his qualifying tally.

However, after discussions with the European Tour, McIlroy has committed to play a further three events to take his tally to 12 and, as a result, officials have used discretion to ensure their star name is not absent from the showpiece.

"These are exceptional circumstances and I've taken this situation and the resulting decision very seriously," said chief executive Keith Pelley.

"I've spent the last two weeks examining every angle and I've spoken with Rory and his team, and independent medical advisers and prominent players.

"I am convinced that he could not commit to any further tournament participation without risking further injury and persistent weakness to the ankle in the future. Therefore, I've given him approval to play a minimum of 12 European Tour events this year."

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