Rory McIlroy will not defend his Open Championship title.
RORY'S INJURY: McIlroy ruptures ligament in left ankle playing soccer
In an Instagram post Wednesday, the world's No. 1 player wrote this, along with posting a photo of his left foot in a cast:
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!!!
GETTING THE CALL: Russell Knox will replace Rory at St. Andrews
McIlroy is obviously cheering on Andy Murray, Scottish tennis pro. who was playing Vasek Pospisil in one quarterfinal match at Wimbledon. On the bright side, Murray won and will face Roger Federer in the semis.