Rory McIlroy “ruptures ankle ligaments” playing soccer, all but certain to miss Open

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Oh, Rory.

Just 10 days before the 2015 British Open at St. Andrews, the home of golf, Rory McIlroy’s chances of playing for the famous claret jug appear all but over.

The current world no. 1 sent out the following message on Instagram on Monday, along with a picture of him on crutches and with his lower left leg in a protective boot.

Rory said he had suffered a “total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday.” The Northern Irishman, who is a massive Manchester United fan, then added that rehab has already started and the damage is currently being assessed further. He refused to rule himself out of playing at St. Andrews.

The Open begins on Thursday, July 16, so it looks like Rory needs a bit of a miracle to be teeing it up at St. Andrews as many eagerly anticipated his duel with Jordan Spieth continuing at yet another major.