The golf world woke up to Rory McIlroy’s Open Championship status in question after suffering an injury in a soccer match last Saturday.
And the golf world woke up to this:
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 6, 2015
The world #1 in golf, Rory Mcilroy, has been sidelined by a lower body injury (borrowing a term from the NHL).
Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout… https://t.co/xpfDpsW38k
— Rory Mcilroy(@McIlroyRory) July 6, 2015
But unlike the hockey world, the uncertainty of injuries is put on full-display for the media and fans.
Yes, Mcilroy has an ankle injury, something that was sustained in a soccer match with his friends back in Ireland. These things happen and can occur to anyone, anytime, anywhere.
It is estimated that Mcilroy’s recovery time may take up to 10 days. And with the British Open next week, his status is up in the air.
However, he has one thing going for him that could see him at the Old Course-St. Andrews in Scotland: AGE.
He’s 26-years old and has the advantage of having a faster recovery, as opposed to say Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. Both are up in age and have incurred their own injuries. Unlike Mcilroy though, their injuries came later in their careers, perhaps making it harder for them to compete at a high level.
Mcilroy has many years of golf left. There’s no need to rush back, though the opportunity to play at such an historic course is one that should not be taken for granted. However, this is not the only time the Open Championship will be played at St. Andrews, and won’t be the last.
No need to rush back and making the injury worst.