Monday 23 July 2018

McIlroy camp deny practice round has been booked ahead of possible PGA title defence

Rory McIlroy
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Reports that world number one golfer Rory McIlroy has booked a practice round at Whistling Straits, site of next week's PGA Championship have been denied by his representatives.

The Irishman has not played since rupturing the anterior ligament in his left ankle early last month, an injury that prevented him from defending his British Open title at St. Andrews.

It was reported by Reuters that a practice round had been pencilled in, but this has been denied with publicist Terry Prone telling Irish Golf Desk that McIlroy was "Not booked for such a round. Still going through the ankle rehab process."

McIlroy won last year's event by one stroke at Valhalla in Kentucky, his second PGA title in three years, and he finished one shot out of a playoff the last time the PGA Championship was at Whistling Straits in 2010.

The 26-year-old has ruled himself out of this week's World Golf Championship event in Akron, Ohio.

Previously, he said that although his rehab was going well, he did not want to rush back before he was ready.

"I'm taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100 percent healthy and 100 percent competitive," he said in announcing his decision to skip the British Open.

Some medical experts initially said the injury suffered by McIlroy normally takes about 12 weeks to completely heal.

The first round of the PGA Championship will take place almost six weeks after he was injured playing soccer.

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