Rory McIlroy confirms he will not take part in The Open after ankle injury
Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will not take part in The Open at St Andrews after suffering an injury to his ankle while playing football.
The world number one golfer ruptured a ligament in his ankle while playing football with friends at the weekend - a week before the defending champion was due to compete at The Open 2015.
On Monday the world number one golfer from Holywood took to social media to share a picture of himself in crutches with his foot in a cast boot.
He suffered a "total rupture" of his left ankle ligament.
Initially the golfer had not ruled himself out of the 144th Open where he was set to defend his title.We've got to hand it to our readers... hundreds join in Rory McIlory healing bid Let's all root for local hero Rory McIlroy
But on Wednesday afternoon he confirmed via Twitter that he would not be competing at the tournament which begins in nine days' time at St Andrews Scotland.
He posted a photo of himself watching Wimbledon with his foot strapped up.
He said: "After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews.
"I'm taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive.
"Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can.... In the mean time, come on Andy!!!"
After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. I’m taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive. Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can.... In the mean time, come on Andy!!!
The tournament kicks off on July 12 until July 19.
The Holywood golfer had remained optimistic on Monday after the injury as he posted online
@McIlroyRory may be out of the 2015 Open at St Andrews but now's the time to have a bet on him for the 2016 Open at Royal Troon. Sure thing!— Steven Beacom (@StevenBeacom5) July 8, 2015
He said:"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."
Rory McIlroy was at his brilliant best when The Open returned to Royal Liverpool in 2014.
The Co Down man led from start to finish, becoming only the third player in the history of the sport to win three Major Championships by the age of 25 after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.