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.