Cape Town - Rory McIlroy says the World Golf Championship event in Mexico at the beginning of March would be the "perfect time" to return from injury.
The Northern Irishman, who has won four majors to date, has a stress fracture of his rib and won't be available for the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic which takes place next week.
McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 and 2015.
He has now confirmed he will also miss the Genesis Open in California and the Honda Classic in Florida with his return likely to come in Mexico just over a month from now.
"I can't even run at the minute because if my feet hit the ground hard at all, the vibration in my rib cage sort of hurts," McIlroy told Shane Bacon's The Clubhouse podcast.
"I'd like to sort of ease my way in gently, so Mexico is the perfect time to return.
"It's four rounds, there's no cut, I can see how everything feels. I have a week off after that, so all signs point toward Mexico being the one where I could come back and be 100 percent comfortable. Hopefully it works out that way," continued McIlroy.