Rory McIlroy pulls out of Turkish Open over security fears

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There has been a lot of controversy regarding Rory McIlroy this year. 

He pulled out of the Olympics in Rio over fears of the Zika virus, although he was heavily criticised for comments he made regarding the importance of golf at the Olympics.

Now, the Northern Irishman has chosen to withdraw from the Turkish Open over security fears in the Antalya region, following a recent rocket attack.

The tournament, which is due to begin next week, is the first of three European Tour Final Series events, with 27-year-old McIlroy set to be the star attraction.

McIlroy has risen up to second place in the world rankings that were published on Monday, after finishing fourth in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China on Sunday.

The four-time major winner had spoken of his desire to win at least one of three events this season in an attempt to try to win the Race to Dubai for a third year in a row.

McIlroy told AFP:

“It was weighing on my mind and I slept a lot better knowing that I’d made a decision.

"I gave it a lot of thought, basically all week. The fact that I have won the FedEx Cup this year and that I have won the Race to Dubai before made the decision a little bit easier.”

McIlroy’s decision to withdraw means that Englishman and Masters Champion Danny Willett becomes the highest ranked player competing in Turkey.

Earlier this month, European Tour officials investigated reports that the Southern Turkish holiday resort of Antalya was hit in a rocket attack.

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