Despite his recent ankle injury, the PGA has announced that the world’s top golfer, Rory McIlroy, will play the 2015 PGA Championship. McIlroy will be joined by Jordan Spieth and Zach Thompson.
The news might surprise some because the number one ranked golfer reported only just over a month ago that he suffered a “total rupture” of ligaments in his left ankle.”
McIlroy has not played a round of golf since his fourth place finish in the U.S. Open in June. Shortly after that McIlroy suffered the injury to his left ankle playing soccer in Northern Ireland early in July. Because of the injury and subsequent medical care he missed the British Open and the Bridgestone Invitational.
McIlroy recently shared some photos of his injury.
Along with that rather gruesome photo, McIlroy insisted, “I’ve come a long way since.”
And on Friday, the golfer posted a somewhat cryptic photo showing that he was headed to America for what fans assumed was an appearance at the 2015 PGA Championship.
Not long afterward, though, the PGA itself ended all speculation with a Tweet that McIlroy was indeed headed to the tournament.
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) August 7, 2015
It remains to be seen if McIlroy is recovered well enough to compete at the high level he’ll need to play, especially after being coupled with Spieth and Johnson, the two winners of this year’s majors.
Since winning the 2011 U.S. Open and becoming the youngest champ since Bobby Jones in 1923, McIlroy has gone on to set a 72-hole scoring record with a 16 under par 268 at Congressional, and won a string of majors. He also won both PGA Tour Player of the Year and European Tour Golfer of the Year honors in 2012 an 2014. McIlroy currently ranks as the number-one golfer in the world.
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