Rory ruptures ankle ligament, Open Championship odds take a hit
While one soccer event exhilarated us over the weekend, another is shaping up to be a major disappointment.
Rory McIlroy announced on Monday that he suffered a "total rupture" of his left ankle ligament playing soccer with his friends on Saturday, leaving his status for next week's Open Championship at St. Andrews in doubt.
The World No. 1 posted a picture of himself on Instagram in a walking boot with crutches and the caption:
Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint
capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday.
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.
McIlroy's manager, Sean O’Flaherty, said he will not play in the Scottish Open this week. O’Flaherty did not offer a timetable for McIlroy's return.
“We’re just hoping to get back as quickly as possible,” O’Flaherty
told USA Today. “But it’s not like taking a car to the garage to get fixed and
they say come back in a week and everything will be fine. There are a
lot of unknowns. We don’t know when he can put pressure on the ankle,
when he can hit balls, when he can play again. There’s just a lot of
waiting and hoping right now.”
Dr. James Gladstone, the co-director of sports medicine at Mt. Sinai, told Golf Channel recovery from this sort of injury can last as few as 10 days and as long as six weeks, depending on the severity.
McIlroy's odds to defend his title at the British Open dropped following the news. He was originally a 5/1 favorite.
Masters and U.S. Open winner Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, saw his odds of winning the Grand Slam go up to 20/1.