McGinley hopes for McIlroy recovery
Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley is sorely disappointed that golf fans will be unlikely to see Rory McIlroy do battle with Jordan Spieth at the Open Championship.
The Northern Irish world number one and reigning Open champion has pulled out of this week's Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open after sustaining a "total rupture" of a ligament during a "kickabout" with friends on Saturday.
The 26-year-old's participation at St Andrews is in doubt after he posted a picture of himself on crutches and McGinley expects him to miss out, paving the way for Masters and US Open champion Spieth to close in on a third straight major.
McGinley, who was enjoying a day at Wimbledon, told BBC Radio Five Live: "From Rory's point of view it's very disappointing and from golf's point of view it's disappointing.
"Hopefully it's going to be a quick recovery. It sounds like he's going to miss the Open and hopefully he'll be back for the PGA (Championship).
"It's a shame because St Andrews, of all the golf courses, with the power and length that he has, really suited him.
"It was all set up for a lovely head-to-head with Jordan (Spieth) and all the other guys too. It was going to be great for the game of golf but now we've been deprived of that.
"I hope he recovers quickly."
McIlroy's Ryder Cup team-mate Ian Poulter bemoaned the cause of the injury and echoed McGinley's expectations that the likes of Spieth, 21, are poised to reap the benefits of what could be a three-month absence for the best player in the world.
"Obviously it's disappointing from his perspective that he's picked up a silly injury playing football," said Poulter.
"From a golf perspective, as a professional and as a friend, you want him to grow in the game of golf.
"It's sad to see him miss the Open and a couple of tournaments after that.
"There are some other great players in the world that I'm sure are going to step up to the plate in the next few weeks but I wish him a speedy recovery.
"He's done a great job leading from the front up there and hopefully he can heal that ankle and come back."
British tennis player Andy Murray sent his well wishes to McIlroy.
Speaking after his fourth-round win over Ivo Karlovic at Wimbledon, the Scot said: "It's one of those things maybe he'll regret playing football with his friends just now.
"Also you want to have fun, as well, whilst you're playing your sport. Obviously we're at an age where it's fun to be able to go out and do those things. It's probably just an unfortunate accident.
"I sometimes play football. I always play with ankle braces and stuff in case, you know, something happens.
"But, yeah, it's really, really unfortunate. Hopefully he's okay."