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Rory McIlroy Officially Announces He Will Not Play British Open

Rory McIlroy Says He Won't Play British Open
Rory McIlroy announced on Wednesday that his ankle injury will keep him out of this year's British Open at St. Andrews.

It's official: Rory McIlroy will not be defending his British Open title at St. Andrews next week. 

McIlroy posted a photo on Instagram Wednesday of him sitting on the couch with his injured left ankle propped up while watching Wimbledon on television.

The post said: "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!!!"

 

It didn't take long for a new favorite to emerge after McIlroy first announced his injury Monday morning. Jordan Spieth, winner of the year's first two majors, jumped to a 9-2 favorite after the news broke. With McIlroy out, Spieth is officially the man to beat at St. Andrews.

The 26-year-old McIlroy announced on Monday that he ruptured a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends over the weekend.

McIlroy, who is also missing this week's Scottish Open, won last year's British Open that sparked a run of victories that included the WGC-Bridgestone and the PGA Championship. 

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