Defending champ Rory McIlory to miss Open Championship

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the 18th green during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the 18th green during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington.

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Less than two weeks before he was set to defend his Open Championship title, golfer Rory McIlory sprained his ankle playing soccer over Independence Day weekend. Early on Wednesday, McIlory ruled himself out from participating in this year’s tournament at St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland.

SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio was joined by Dr. Mike Maloney, who commented on what the recovery length is like for an injury like McIlory’s.

“A lot of times some of the factors that are at play in recovery is, ‘Has he had these before,’” said Maloney. “If this is kind of a first time ankle sprain, there’s usually a lot of bleeding around the ankle joint, a lot of swelling. That will limit motion, limit stability, and can probably take anywhere from two weeks to six or eight weeks.”

St. Andrew’s Rhodri Price spoke about McIlory not being able to play in the Open Championship.

“He would move Heaven and Earth I’m sure to be here,” Price said. “We’re all crossing our fingers here that he will get well very quickly.”

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