Rory McIlroy Pulls out of British Open with ankle injury

Matt Cohen | Site Editor

Rory McIlroy will not be defending his British Open Championship.

The world number one posted on social media Wednesday that he won’t be recovered in time to tee it up at St. Andrews next week. On Monday, McIlroy announced that he suffered a total rupture of the ATFL – the anterior talofibular ligament, and the one most commonly sprained – in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends last weekend.

McIlroy won the Open last year at Royal Liverpool by going wire to wire and taking a 6-shot lead into the final round. He becomes the first British Open winner not to defend his title since Ben Hogan in 1954.

At this point, there remains no word on when we can expect to see the 4-time major winner back in action. At least he has Wimbledon to watch on TV.

After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. I’m taking a long term…

Posted by Rory McIlroy on Wednesday, July 8, 2015