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Michael Douglas: I’ll massage Rory McIlroy’s ankles - anything to keep him number one

Published 19/07/2015 | 11:36

Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas

Hollywood legend Michael Douglas has offered to become injured golfer Rory McIlroy’s personal masseuse.

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The 70-year-old laments the fact that irish golfer Rory McIlroy is out of action for up to six weeks due to a ruptured ankle ligament.

Family outing: Michael Douglas with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their children Dylan and Cerys at the London premiere of Ant-Man. Photo: Luke McGregor.
Family outing: Michael Douglas with his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their children Dylan and Cerys at the London premiere of Ant-Man. Photo: Luke McGregor.

“I’ve been following Rory for years now and watched him grow and evolve into a champion,” Douglas told The Irish Sun on Sunday.

“It’s really really unfortunate what happened to him and I just hope he makes a speedy recovery,” he added.

Rory McIlroy continues his rehab from an ankle injury at the Virgin Active Health Club just outside his home town of Holywood. McIlroy withdrew from the Open last week after he announced that he had damages ankle ligaments playing a friendly game of football with some friends. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Rory McIlroy continues his rehab from an ankle injury at the Virgin Active Health Club just outside his home town of Holywood. McIlroy withdrew from the Open last week after he announced that he had damages ankle ligaments playing a friendly game of football with some friends. Photo Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press

The father-of-three joked that he is willing to lend a helping hand, literally and figuratively, to get the ace back on track.

“I’ll even do whatever I can to help. If he needs ankle massages every day, if that’s what it takes, I’ll do it.”

Rory McIlroy leaving the gym in Holywood, Co Down, yesterday. Photo: Alan Lewis
Rory McIlroy leaving the gym in Holywood, Co Down, yesterday. Photo: Alan Lewis

“He needs to hold on to his No 1 placing. He can’t let that slip.”

An avid golfer himself, Douglas said he hopes to return to the Emerald Isle in the coming months to play at some of the country’s most prestigious spots.

Rory McIlroy may lose his world number one spot while he is out injured
Rory McIlroy may lose his world number one spot while he is out injured

“Up until a few years ago I used to come to Ireland at least once a year. It was like a pilgrimage for me but I haven’t been back for a while now. So probably next year I’ll hit a few around the K Club and Druids Glen," he said.

Michael Douglas attends the world premiere of
Michael Douglas attends the world premiere of "Ant-Man" at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, June 29, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)

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