Sayonara, Rory McIlroy, until Augusta

Updated: March 22, 2012, 10:36 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

Unless he pops up on television playing tennis with his girlfriend or is caught out on the town around his U.S.-based Florida digs, we're not going to see Rory McIlroy again until the Masters.

The newly crowned No. 1-ranked golfer in the world -- although his spot atop the rankings will be in peril while he is not playing -- has made what some might consider an odd decision to not play competitive golf in any of the three weeks leading up to the year's first major championship.

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