Tuesday 17 January 2017

McIlroy out of Bridgestone and doubtful for USPGA

Published 30/07/2015 | 02:30

Rory McIlroy has already missed the Scottish Open and the Open Championship and has said he will not be taking part in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Rory McIlroy has already missed the Scottish Open and the Open Championship and has said he will not be taking part in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Rory McIlroy will not concede defeat on his prospects of playing the USPGA Championship, the final Major of the season, until the last possible moment.

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McIlroy's chances of playing at Whistling Straits from August 13-16 depend on his making a recovery that would be far in advance of most estimates.

His announcement yesterday that he will not defend his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone next week was no surprise.

Once he told the world he had ruptured the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle in a soccer kickabout with friends on July 4, experts forecast a minimum absence from tournaments of at least three months.

Already he has missed the Scottish Open and the Open Championship. A return to fitness and then to playing readiness makes his comeback more likely to be October-November barring any setbacks.

In a statement released yesterday, McIlroy said: "Unfortunately, I will not be defending my World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title.

"Best of luck to all the competitors and I look forward to returning to Firestone in 2016."

Barring a minor miracle, by the time the Bridgestone finishes on Sunday August 9, another withdrawal notice, this time from the PGA, is likely from the McIlroy camp. By then, Jordan Spieth may well have replaced him as world number one.

Meanwhile, the Ricoh Women's British Open attracts the cream of LPGA and Ladies European Tour talent to Turnberry.

Stephanie Meadow is the sole Irish challenger in a star-studded field for the 72 holes event.

Women's British Open, Live, BBC 2, 1.0

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