A few days ago, we learned that Rory McIlroy suffered a total rupture of the left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday, July 4. As he continued to assess extent of the injury and the treatment plan, rehab already started as he was trying to get back in time for the British Open.
Today however, Rory posted on his page that, "After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. I’m taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive. Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can.... In the mean time, come on Andy!!!".
We have much respect to Rory for looking at the big picture of things. Defending the major at the Old Course must have been tempting but we are glad he made the right choice. Only Rory ought to control what he can or can't do outside the golf course.
Best wishes and speedy recovery. Hope you can be back for the PGA Championship!
(photos from Rory McIlroy's Facebook page)