Friday 22 November 2019

'Feels good to hit the driver again' - Rory McIlroy posts video showing injury progress

Declan Wholey

The main story ahead of the US PGA Championship is whether Rory McIlroy will defend his title, with the golfer highlighting his rehab on social media today.

McIlroy has not played since suffering a "total rupture" of ligaments in his left ankle during a game of football with friends on July 4, an injury which ruled him out of the Scottish Open and the defence of his Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational titles.

The 26-year-old has yet to say whether he will be able to defend the US PGA Championship next week and earlier this week his publicist denied reports he had scheduled a practice round at Whistling Straits on Saturday.

Today the world number one posted pictures on his Instagram account of his ankle and leg soon after picking up the injury during a game of five-a-side with his friends.

"4 and a half and 3 and a half weeks ago respectively... I've come a long way since," he posted on his Instagram account with a picture highlighting his progress.

He later added a video to illustrate his driving ability

A photo posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

Yesterday McIlroy heightened speculation surrounding his return to action by posting a video which shows him working out in the gym.

Read more: Video: Rory McIlroy hits the gym as speculation mounts over PGA return

A video posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

Alongside the short video clip, McIlroy wrote: "Working hard every day to come back stronger #dontmindthegrind."

McIlroy will be replaced as world number one by Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth if the 22-year-old American can win his first World Golf Championship title at Firestone Country Club this week.

It was at the same event that McIlroy overturned a three-shot deficit to Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia in the final round 12 months ago to move back to the top of the rankings.

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