Open winners Oosthuizen and Woods warn McIlroy on risks of early return
Louis Oosthuizen and Tiger Woods, the last two winners of the Open Championship at St Andrews, once again cautioned Rory McIlroy to wait until his ankle injury is healed before attempting a comeback.
That may mean the World number one missing the final Major of the season, the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits from August 13-16.
McIlroy is still undergoing treatment for the injury he sustained playing soccer with friends last Saturday week.
His final obligation as reigning Open champion was to return the Claret Jug to the care of the R&A for presentation to the 2015 winner.
In McIlroy's absence, his manager, Sean O'Flaherty took on that duty and delivered it to the golfing authorities yesterday.
Louis Oosthuizen, 2010 champion on the Old Course, and Tiger Woods, the 2005 winner, will welcome McIlroy back to the game, but not until he is fully fit.
Oosthuizen had a similar ankle ligament rupture in 2010.
"I came back probably too soon, so that put me back a few months.
"It's something you and your team need to take care of, just to make sure that whenever you're back, you're fully fit," he said.
Woods has been in touch with McIlroy about the injury and his options in the weeks ahead.
"This is a championship that means a lot to him, and to miss it is tough to take.
"But we all get injured out here and no one is immune to it.
"I hope he comes back healthy and ready to go," said Woods.