Rory McIlroy's Team Denies Report He'll Play Whistling Straits Practice Round Ahead of PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy’s Team Denies Report He’ll Play Whistling Straits Practice Round Ahead of PGA Championship

Despite injury, 2014 PGA Championship winner Rory McIlroy has scheduled a practice round at Whistling Straits, site of this year's event.
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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 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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