'After much consideration, I have decided not to play' - Rory McIlroy confirms he is out of the British Open
Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will miss next week's British Open after rupturing his ankle playing football with friends
Sources had said that there was only a 10 per cent chance of the world No 1 defending his Claret Jug at St Andrews, but that he was prepared to wait until early next week for a final decision.
But he has confirmed he will miss out in a post on his Instagram account this afternoon.
"After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St Andrews," he wrote in a post, accompanied by a picture of his left leg in a surgical boot as he watched Wimbledon on television.
"I'm taking a long term view of this injury and although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100pc healthy and 100pc competitive.
"Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can be... In the mean time, come on Andy!!!"
Andy Murray was playing in the match on television. He later won.
McIlroy was playing a friendly game on AstroTurf in Bangor last Saturday evening when he suddenly went over, unchallenged, on his left ankle.
Earlier this week, McIlroy revealed the injury via social media, causing shock waves throughout the sport in the process.
Next to a picture of him in an ankle boot, McIlroy wrote on Instagram: "Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday. Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started.....Working hard to get back as soon as I can."
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