Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the 2015 British Open Championship at St. Andrews, announcing the decision on Wednesday.
After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews. 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% 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!!!
McIlroy injured his left ankle while playing soccer with friends on July 4, suffering a total rupture of his ATFL ligament.
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.