Aug
5
2015
Ankles aweigh!
By Stephanie Wei under Rory McIlroy

Working hard every day to come back stronger #dontmindthegrind

A video posted by Rory McIlroy (@rorymcilroy) on

Well, look what we have here. Rory McIlroy, who ruptured a tendon in his left ankle in a friendly kickabout last month, posted a video on his Instagram account of his rehab process — and perhaps giving some indication that his ankle might be strong enough for him to defend his title at next week’s PGA Championship.

I mean, dude, if you’re not going to play in the season’s last major, then don’t go around teasing us with videos of your workout that most of us can’t do with healthy ankles.

I grimaced watching the world no. 1 balance all of his weight on his left foot while swinging a medicine ball. Over and over again. I had to stop watching because my ankle, which will never be 100% healthy again, started hurting just imagining the pressure McIlroy was putting on his. But I suppose that’s the difference between us mortals and world-class athletes.

Don’t get too excited yet, though. Remember that Reuters report earlier this week declaring that McIlroy had scheduled a practice round at Whistling Straits on Saturday? Well, according to Irish Golf Desk, who contacted McIlroy’s publicist, the news was not correct, stating, “Not booked for such a round. Still going through the ankle rehab process.”

However, don’t rule out McIlroy for the PGA Championship just yet. The UK press is reporting that the world no. 1 is “making great progress,” and The Telegraph is citing sources saying that McIlroy will indeed be prepared to defend his title at Whistling Straits if he receives medical clearance.

A final decision is obviously still up in the air, but when the injury was initially revealed, I was convinced Rory would sit out the rest of the season (having undergone left ankle injuries myself, but then again, I didn’t have the resources he did for rehab). Again, if McIlroy can do what he’s doing in the video above, then I don’t see how he can’t play in the PGA.