Rory McIlroy's agony: How you can help him ahead of The Open
At noon today, in a unique power of positive thinking experiment mentalist David Meade calls on Belfast Telegraph readers to place their hand on a photo
Mentalist David Meade is calling upon readers of the Belfast Telegraph to use the power of the mind to help heal Rory McIlroy's ruptured ankle ligaments ahead of next weekend's Open tournament.
The Co Down mind reader believes positive thinking on the part of the Northern Irish public could play a key role in aiding McIlroy's recovery.
The world number one player and defending champion is a doubt for The Open after he injured himself while playing football at the weekend.
The Holywood man (26) posted a photo on social media yesterday showing him on crutches and with a protective cast over his left foot. He wrote: "Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday."
Now, in a light-hearted gesture, Meade wants readers to place their hands on a photo of McIlroy's ankle at noon today and send positive vibes to the golfer before the tournament begins on Thursday week. Meade, who's never done anything like this before, said anything was worth a try to help make McIlroy better.
"It would break all our hearts if he doesn't get to play. So for the fun of it, we should all get together and try a huge experiment in positive thinking, to see if we can channel positive vibes to his camp.
"If we all put our hands on the photograph of Rory's injured ankle in the Belfast Telegraph today and send him positive messages of healing and support, well, who knows what might happen? Fair enough, chances are fairly slim, but it beats sitting around doing nothing."
Meade said: "If we all say something like 'heal, heal, heal', as we place our hands on Rory, maybe it'll do the trick.
"I'd like to think he'd be delighted if he knew we were all laying our hands on him, even if it is from a distance.
"But if he wants to send his private jet to bring me directly to him, I'd be more than happy to help."
£2m: Price of knock from a soccer kickabout for Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy has revealed he is reeling from an injury that could cost him an agonising £2 million.
The Holywood superstar (26) badly damaged ligaments in an ankle while playing football with friends in Belfast.
His chances of retaining The Open title with its £1m prize is in jeopardy - and it emerged last night that he may not even recover in time to defend his US PGA Championship and possibly pick up another million next month.
Combined with a potential loss of associated marketing and new sponsorship deals from winning tournaments, Rory is now looking at a long summer that is both financially and physically painful.
The injury left golfing fans at home and throughout the world shattered as hopes were high the world's current number five could regain the top ranking with a win at historic St Andrews.
Rory was treated at a Belfast hospital, but he has not ruled himself out of playing in the tournament - which begins on Thursday week - yet.
Former Team Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games physio Eilish Rutherford, a big admirer of McIlroy, is certain that his advisers will take no risks.
"With the injury being a total rupture you are talking about it taking around six weeks to heal," said Mary Peters Trust chair Eilish. "Rory will be getting the very best attention and I would imagine the medical people he is working with will already be getting him to do things to speed up the rehabilitation, but I wouldn't have thought he could play in The Open.
"The Open is next week, and with it being a complete rupture, I just can't see it. If it was a bad strain that would be different, but the diagnosis here is a complete rupture."
She added: "I would have thought that he will struggle to make the PGA Championship in August as well."
Rory told his fans the sad news yesterday via a photograph and message posted to his 2.5m Twitter followers and 600,000 Instagram followers.
His message said: "Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday. Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started...
"Working hard to get back as soon as I can."
Reaction was swift, with sporting rivals sending the cresfallen star messages of sympathy.
English golfer and former world No.1 Luke Donald wrote on Twitter: "Hope you get back out there soon @McIlroyRory, wishing you a speedy recovery."
McIlroy considers himself to be as much an athlete as a golfer and has been known to play tennis and football in his leisure time.
In April he enjoyed beating actor Jamie Dornan 2-1 in a game of Circular Football, a new football training aid developed by Dornan's father Jim.