McIl­roy rup­tures lig­a­ment in left an­kle play­ing soc­cer

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Rory McIl­roy was on crutches Mon­day with an an­kle in­jury from play­ing soc­cer, leav­ing in doubt the prospects of golf ’s No. 1 player de­fend­ing his Bri­tish Open ti­tle next week at St. An­drews.

Just as ex­cite­ment was build­ing to­ward a po­ten­tial clash at the Old Course be­tween McIl­roy and Jor­dan Spi­eth, McIl­roy posted a jar­ring photo on In­sta­gram show­ing him on crutches with a walk­ing boot on this left an­kle. The 26year-old from North­ern Ire­land said it was a “to­tal rup­ture” of an an­kle lig­a­ment and the joint capsule that hap­pened while he was play­ing soc­cer with friends.

Sean O’Fla­herty, his chief spokesman, said McIl­roy has with­drawn from the Scot­tish Open this week at Gul­lane. O’Fla­herty said they would not know un­til later in the week the ex­tent of the in­jury and whether McIl­roy would be able to tee it up July 16 at St. An­drews.

Ben Ho­gan in 1954 was the last Bri­tish Open cham­pion who did not play the fol­low­ing year.

McIl­roy had been the joint favourite along with Spi­eth. They have won the last four ma­jors — the first time in nearly a cen­tury that two play­ers in their 20s have shared four suc­ces­sive ma­jors — and Spi­eth is headed to St. An­drews as only the fourth player with a chance at the Grand Slam.

Play­ers were shocked to hear the news.

“Un­lucky, ob­vi­ously,” Luke Don­ald said in a tele­phone in­ter- view. “I would never say, ’Don’t play football or don’t do these thing.’ You don’t want to live in a bub­ble. It’s just un­lucky tim­ing, es­pe­cially this time of the year. Golf is ex­cit­ing with Rory and Jor­dan. It’s added a bit of spice to the game. It’s a shame if Rory were to miss the Open, which it looks like he might.”

Ser­gio Gar­cia, a run­ner-up to McIl­roy at Royal Liver­pool last year, tweeted, “So sad to hear about ↕Rory McIl­roy in­jury on his an­kle. We will all miss you ↕TheOpen next week my friend. Fast and healthy re­cov­ery.”

McIl­roy re­ferred to his ATFL, which is the an­te­rior talofibu­lar lig­a­ment and the one most com­monly sprained. The left an­kle is cru­cial in a golf swing as weight trans­fers to that side of the body ( for right-han­ders) in gen­er­at­ing power.

“That’s a big blow to the Open if he misses it,” for­mer Ry­der Cup cap­tain Sam Tor­rance said from Wim­ble­don.

McIl­roy won the Open last year at Royal Liver­pool by go­ing wire-to-wire and tak­ing a sixshot lead into the fi­nal round. He also won the PGA Cham­pi­onship.


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