Okay, we are seriously worried about The Open this year. You know, the oldest and biggest international championship tournament in golf? Rory McIlroy, defending champion, just announced that he has completely ruptured a ligament in his left ankle!
This is very problematic because that left leg is where a golfer shifts their weight for a powerful swing.
McIlroy was reportedly playing soccer with some friends during his time off (during the height of the golf-season, no less) when he ruptured his ATFL. The ATFL is the anterior talofibular ligament, which is apparently a very common spot for injury.
However, this couldn’t have come at a worse time for the golf-star.
One of McIlroy’s representatives already announced that he will not participate in the Scottish Open on Thursday and no official announcement has been made yet regarding his appearance at the 2015 Open in St. Andrews on July 16.
The Open in July and the PGA Championship in mid-August are crucial titles for McIlroy if he wants to keep his spot as the world’s number one golfer.
Jordan Spieth has been climbing the ranks and he’s almost caught up to McIlroy after winning this year’s U.S. Open and the Masters.
Apparently the recovery time for McIlroy’s ankle injury could be up to 12 weeks. He posted a picture on social media on Monday morning showing his leg in a moon boot, reassuring fans that they are, “Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started…Working hard to get back as soon as I can.”
Perhaps the golfer will follow in the footsteps of Tiger Woods, who played through a stress-fracture and some torn ligaments in his knee to win the 2008 U.S. Open.
We will definitely be keeping our fingers crossed for McIlroy, and we wish him a speedy recovery!