McIlroy definitely out of Open

It was widely expected, but Rory McIlroy confirmed on Wednesday he will not be at St Andrews next week to defend his Open title.

McIlroy revealed on Monday that he had suffered a “total rupture” of the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle while playing football with friends.

The 26-year-old quickly ruled himself out of this week’s Scottish Open at Gullane, but was not as quick to do the same for the Open Championship.

On Wednesday, however, McIlroy confirmed he was taking a “long-term view” of the injury.

“After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St Andrews,” McIlroy wrote on Instagram. “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!!!”

That was a reference to McIlroy’s friend Andy Murray. In the picture that accompanied his post, Murray could be seen on television playing his Wimbledon quarter-final as McIlroy watched with his foot in the air.