Rory McIlroy's tantalising prospect of making US PGA
Could our boy REALLY make it to the US PGA Championship?
The tantalising prospect of world number one Rory McIlroy playing a practice round at Whistling Straits, venue for next week's final major of the season, caused a flurry of calls to the PGA of America and McIlroy's management team yesterday.
Most observers expected - and many still do - that the US PGA, which McIlroy would be defending, has come too soon in the Ulsterman's rehabilitation from the ankle ligament rupture he suffered on July 4.
But the suggestion that he might be on the cusp of a return and could try playing 18 holes at Whistling Straits on Saturday raised hopes that McIlroy may yet defy all the odds and tee it up tomorrow week, August 13.
His spokesman Sean O'Flaherty repeated the message that has been consistent since McIlroy ruptured the anterior talofibular ligament of his left ankle: namely, that the golfer is working through rehab, making good progress and taking each day at a time.
"Similar to all tournaments in recent weeks, Rory will give everyone an update on his progress well in advance of the tournament. Rehab takes time, so planning too far ahead is not realistic," he said.