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Rory McIlroy ready to get back into the swing of things

By Robert Jones

Rory McIlroy has given his strongest hint yet that he's on course to be fit for next week's US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

The Northern Ireland golf genius has been sidelined since early July after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament playing football with friends.

But his drip-feed to fans this week continued when he took to Instagram to show that he's back on the driving range.

If the four-time Major winner can swing a club, he can play a round of golf - and McIlroy didn't appear to have any discomfort during the swing, although his ankle was still heavily strapped up.

He captioned the video: 'Feels good to hit the driver again!'

The 26-year-old also boosted expectations of his return to defend the US PGA by sharing an Instagram video of him training in the gym (left) with the caption: 'Working every day to come back stronger #don'tmindthegrind'.

The reigning champion remains in the list of starters for the final Major of the season.

Compatriot Graeme McDowell, meanwhile, returned to form with a terrific four-under-par 66 in the opening round at the Bridgestone Invitational - another tournament Rory has been unable to defend.

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