Tuesday 17 October 2017

Jordan Spieth won't be criticising Rory McIlroy for football injury after close shave with shark

Jordan Spieth, pictured, would rather Rory McIlroy recovered in time to play in the Open Championship
Jordan Spieth, pictured, would rather Rory McIlroy recovered in time to play in the Open Championship

Jordan Spieth said he is in no place to criticise Rory McIlroy for hurting his ankle after his recent brush with a shark.

McIlroy is a major doubt for next week's Open at St Andrews after rupturing an ankle ligament during a kickabout with friends last week, a decision which has been criticised in some quarters.

Spieth revealed on Tuesday he has no hesitation playing basketball with his caddie and also gave details of his eventful fishing trip after winning the US Open.

The world number two was initially trying to reel in a tuna as small sharks kept approaching to try to get the fish.

"The captain was scaring them off, banging on the boat and on the water," Spieth told a press conference at the John Deere Classic. "And all of a sudden, it just rips back down again. And I almost got pulled in. And it was so much heavier.

"What surfaced was like a 12-foot long, 300lb black tip shark that had eaten this tuna and then had hooked itself, so I guess I caught both in one because I got that shark.

"I didn't want to give up until I actually couldn't move my arm any more. It was sore for a couple of days, but I'm good now."

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