McIlroy out of Bridgestone defence

Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will not defend his WGC-Bridgestone Invitational title as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.

The World number one missed the Scottish Open and the Open Championship after rupturing his ankle ligaments on July 4 in the lead-up to those tournaments, an injury that is feared could keep him out of action for at least three months.

The four-time major winner is now set to miss Bridgestone invitational which tees off at Firestone Country Club on August 6, while he looks unlikely to feature at the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits the following week – though he has not yet confirmed his absence there.

In a statement released by the tournament organisers, McIlroy said: “Unfortunately, I will not be defending my World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title.

“Best of luck to all the competitors and I look forward to returning to Firestone in 2016.”