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Rory McIlroy will continue to play football despite injury almost costing him US PGA

By Jim Gracey

Published 13/08/2015

Football fan: Rory McIlroy
Football fan: Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy tees off in defence of his US PGA major title today, insisting he will carry on playing leisure-time football despite the kickabout injury that ruled him out of golf for a costly five weeks.

Ruptured ankle ligaments in a July holiday game with pals at Stormont cost him title defences at The Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but after an incredibly quick recovery he returns to action at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin today in direct competition with his rival for the World No1 spot, Jordan Spieth, and Open winner Zak Johnson.

Despite fearing he had broken his ankle, an unrepentant Rory said: "I might take some precautionary measures next time. I rolled my right ankle at the end of 2013. Obviously I did it a little bit worse here to my left, but maybe wear ankle braces on both ankles. Apart from that, I'm not going to stop doing what I do. I enjoy that part of my life, I enjoy having that normality, something that I've done since I was a kid and I won't stop doing that, no.

"Any time I go back home, one of the things that I regularly do with my friends is play football. That was like the fourth or fifth time in a 10-day period where I had played. I enjoy it. We all enjoy it. It's unfortunate that it happened. It can happen walking off a tee box. It can happen falling off a curb on the side of the street. It can happen doing anything. And unfortunately, my foot just got stuck on the turf and I was out for a few weeks."

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