I FEEL for Rory McIlroy. What young man in the world, prince or pauper, hasn't enjoyed a kick-about with pals at some stage?
Alas Rory's game last weekend ended with the golfer rupturing ligaments on his left ankle.
The golfer will be out of action for weeks, all but ending his chances of competing in the upcoming British Open.
Some pundits are saying that McIlroy could now lose out on a potential €6.4m in summer prize money as a result.
Mind you, his yearly income at present is predicted to be around €60m, so he won't be out of pocket too much.
He's come in for criticism from some for jeopardising his career in this fashion but I agree with Shane Lowry who asked what's wrong with playing football with your mates? Indeed.
It's not the end of the world. Here's to a speedy recovery, hopefully Rory will be back soon.