Rory McIlroy is a serious doubt for The Open Championship at St Andrew’s next weekend after suffering a serious ankle injury while playing football with friends.
The Northern Irishman is always among the favourites at any major given his status as the world’s number one golfer.
But he looks unlikely to be in Scotland when the event kicks off next Thursday after sharing the devastating news on Instagram.
McIlroy posted a picture of himself in crutches and with a huge cast around his left ankle.
And he wrote:
Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday. 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.
McIlroy was hoping for an improved performance at St Andrew’s to give himself a chance of winning his first major of the season.
American Jordan Spieth is halfway towards the grand slam after winning at the Masters and US Open already this year.