Rory McIlroy has confirmed that he will miss this month’s Open Championship at St Andrews due to an ankle ligament injury.
The world number one had been a doubt for the third major of the year ever since he sustained the injury during a friendly game of football with some friends last Saturday and although he initially hoped to be fit for the tournament, he has now confirmed he will not be able to defend the title he won at Royal Liverpool 12 months ago.
The Northern Irishman revealed the news of his withdrawal on his official Instagram account and has stated that he will not rush any comeback until he feels 100 percent fit.
He said: “After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. 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% healthy and 100% competitive.”
A statement from the official Open Championship has wished McIlroy a speedy recovery but admits they are disappointed the 26-year-old will not participate in the 144th edition of the tournament.
The statement read: “We are naturally very disappointed that Rory will be unable to defend his title at St Andrews next week. Everyone associated with The Open wishes Rory the very best as he looks to return to full fitness.”
The four-time major winner was expected to once again challenge for this year’s title in Scotland, but he will now have to turn his attention to regaining fitness in time for the final major of the year, the PGA Championship that will begin at Whistling Straits on August 13.