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Thursday 22 February 2018

Shane Lowry on Rory McIlroy injury: "It's not the end of the world. No-one's after dying"

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry
Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

SHANE Lowry today defended Rory McIlroy's decision to play football even though the ankle injury he suffered could rule the world number one out of The Open Championship at St Andrews.

McIlroy's online post of him wearing a support boot to protect the injury he incurred playing soccer with his friends at the week-end inevitably led to speculation he could miss St Andrews and the USPGA championship at Whistling Straits next month.

But Lowry, speaking at Greystones golf club where he was announced as a Brand Ambassador for Kartel under the Heaton's department store banner, called for perspective on McIlroy and the cause of the injury.

Lowry said: "It's not ideal for him because he's wearing that boot and he's going to have everyone in the media on his back now.

"But should he be playing football? I don't know. He likes playing football, and he likes playing football with his mates. What's wrong with that?

"I mean, he's only 25 or 26. It's a case of, 'let's go out for a kickaround'; 'yeah, no problem'.

"People think because you're good at something you should just do that and focus on that, but that's not what life is about.

"Obviously his career's after suffering now because of it, but it's not the end of the world. No one's after dying."

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