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Rory McIlroy's Team Denies Report He'll Play PGA Venue

McIlroy Spokesman Denies Planned Practice Round
A spokesman for Rory McIlroy is denying a Reuters report that the world No. 1 is planning a practice round at Whistling Straits ahead of the PGA Championship. 

Rory McIlroy's team has denied a Reuters report that the world No. 1 was scheduled to play a practice round at Whistling Straits this Saturday ahead of the PGA Championship.

Terry Prone, founder of The Communications Clinic—the company handling McIlroy's media affairs—told IrishGolfDesk.com that the 26-year-old was, "not booked for such a round. Still going through the ankle rehab process."

McIlroy has not competed since suffering a ruptured ankle ligament in early July that has kept him out of the Scottish Open, British Open and this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Initial reports indicated the recovery time for McIlroy’s injury to be at least a few months, depending on the injury's severity. He was spotted exiting a gym in Holywood, Northern Ireland only two weeks ago but has yet to officially announce whether he intends to compete in the PGA Championship. A scheduled practice round certainly appears as a good sign.

In the 2010 PGA Championship held at Whistling Straits, McIlroy finished one shot out of a two-man playoff. On a course that rewards bombers (as evidenced as Bubba Watson and Martin Kaymer forming the playoff) McIlroy is one of the favorites entering the tournament with 7/1 odds despite his injury. 

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