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Rory McIlroy is dicing with his career by playing at US PGA, says caddy Billy Foster

Legendary caddy Billy Foster has warned Rory McIlroy not to dice with his career ahead of his rumoured return to the fairways this week at the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

The gifted Irishman was expected to be out of action for some time after injuring his ankle playing football with friends but a completed practice round this weekend has surprised one and all.

Foster however – who has caddied for Seve Ballesteros, Darren Clarke, Sergio Garcia, Tiger Woods in a distinguished 30-year career and will once again be on Lee Westwood’s bag this Thursday – offers a huge slice of caution despite McIlroy’s assertion that he is feeling ‘good’.

“I don’t know how severe his injury is so everybody is guessing. If he has snapped his ligament then yes it’s too early. Get yourself right son," he said, speaking to 888sport.com.

"It’s only one golf tournament and you’re messing with your career.

"It is debatable whether he should play or not and maybe he should take the rest of the season off and come back all guns blazing next year.

"If he’s 95% then that’s not good enough. Don’t be dicing with your career.”

Read the full interview - including Foster revealing who was the worst of the legends he has caddied for - here.

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