Rory McIlroy suffers severe ankle injury ahead of British Open

Rory McIlroy's clash with double major winner Jordan Spieth was expected to be the highlight of the upcoming British Open.

By: Reuters | London | Published:July 6, 2015 4:30 pm
Rory McIlroy, Rory McIlroy Golf, British Open, Rory McIlroy British Open, Golf Rory McIlroy, Rory McIlroy Instagram, Jordan Spieth, Sports News, Sports. Rory McIlroy has injured his ankle casting doubts over his British Open participation. (Source: AP)

Rory McIlroy’s defence of golf’s British Open has been thrown into doubt after he said on Monday that he had ruptured ankle ligaments in a friendly football match with his friends.

“Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout,” McIlroy wrote on his Instagram account.

“Continuing to asses extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started…working hard to get back as soon as I can,” he said, alongside a photograph showing his left ankle in a heavy bandage and brace.

McIlory’s showdown with double major winner Jordan Spieth was expected to be the highlight of the Open, which takes place at St Andrews on July 16-19.

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