Injured Rory McIlroy confirms his withdrawal from Open Championship

Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug last year
Rory McIlroy with the Claret Jug last year

World number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will not defend his Open Championship title next week.

McIlroy revealed on Monday that he had suffered a “total rupture” of the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle while playing football with friends.

The 26-year-old pulled out of this week’s Scottish Open at Gullane and although he initially did not rule himself out of competing at St Andrews, the four-time major winner said on Wednesday he was taking a “long-term view” of the injury.

“After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St Andrews,” McIlroy wrote on Instagram. “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 per cent competitive.

“Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can.... In the mean time, come on Andy!!!”