Rory McIlroy withdraws from British Open Championship with ankle injury
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Rory McIlroy withdraws from British Open Championship with ankle injury

Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the 2015 British Open Championship at St. Andrews, announcing the decision on Wednesday.

McIlroy injured his left ankle while playing soccer with friends on July 4, suffering a total rupture of his ATFL ligament.

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When he announced the injury, he didn't indicate a timetable for his return or even for a decision on playing in the Open. However, he did withdraw from the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open and his camp gave him a "10 percent chance" of teeing it up at the Home of Golf. It's unclear how long McIlroy will be out of action, but it could include missing his other major title defense in 2015 at the PGA Championship in August.

The world No. 1 will be the first player since Ben Hogan in 1954 to miss an Open Championship title defense.

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