Friday 21 October 2016

'Feels good to hit the driver again' - Rory McIlroy posts video showing injury progress

Declan Wholey

Published 06/08/2015 | 12:06

The main story ahead of the US PGA Championship is whether Rory McIlroy will defend his title, with the golfer highlighting his rehab on social media today.

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McIlroy has not played since suffering a "total rupture" of ligaments in his left ankle during a game of football with friends on July 4, an injury which ruled him out of the Scottish Open and the defence of his Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational titles.

The 26-year-old has yet to say whether he will be able to defend the US PGA Championship next week and earlier this week his publicist denied reports he had scheduled a practice round at Whistling Straits on Saturday.

Today the world number one posted pictures on his Instagram account of his ankle and leg soon after picking up the injury during a game of five-a-side with his friends.

"4 and a half and 3 and a half weeks ago respectively... I've come a long way since," he posted on his Instagram account with a picture highlighting his progress.

He later added a video to illustrate his driving ability

A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

Yesterday McIlroy heightened speculation surrounding his return to action by posting a video which shows him working out in the gym.

Read more: Video: Rory McIlroy hits the gym as speculation mounts over PGA return

A video posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

Alongside the short video clip, McIlroy wrote: "Working hard every day to come back stronger #dontmindthegrind."

McIlroy will be replaced as world number one by Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth if the 22-year-old American can win his first World Golf Championship title at Firestone Country Club this week.

It was at the same event that McIlroy overturned a three-shot deficit to Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia in the final round 12 months ago to move back to the top of the rankings.

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