Top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy tears ligament in left ankle while playing soccer

By SI Wire
July 06, 2015

The world’s top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy said Monday that he suffered a total rupture of a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer.

McIlroy posted a picture via his Instagram account showing his left leg in a cast and him on crutches.

“Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday,” McIlroy said on Instagram. “Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started..... Working hard to get back as soon as I can."

His injury comes less than two weeks before the British Open, where he is the defending champion.

McIlroy, 26, has won three times on the PGA Tour this year and is still on the schedule to play the Scottish Open this week. He finished fourth at the Masters and tied for ninth at last month's U.S. Open. Jordan Spieth, who is ranked second in the world, won both tournaments.

McIlroy did not say when he would be able to play golf again, and a spokesman for McIlroy said he has not yet ruled himself out of the Open. He could miss a chance to defend his PGA Championship title in August, depending on the timetable for his return.

The British Open starts on July 16 at St. Andrews in Scotland.

- Scooby Axson

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