Jordan Speith's road to success at the third major of the year has taken a turn for the better, thanks to a seemingly innocuous kick about between his fierce rival, Rory McIlroy, and his friends.
The iconic championship, being held at the most iconic venue of all, St Andrews, is going to be missing the World Number One attempting to defend his title.
McIlroy posted a photo to his Instagram Account, showing a picture of him wearing a "moon boot."
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Rory's post was accompanied by an explanation of the worrying photo:
"Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday. Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started..... Working hard to get back as soon as I can."
Apart from showing how popular he is with the American market, by stating "soccer" instead of "football", it does provide a strong message to youngsters around the World who idolize the Northern Irishman. 'Yes, playing other sports is great for fitness and development, but you must be careful of injury.'
However further news has broken from his Instagram account which will confirm all of our worst fears.
We knew already he has pulled out of the Scottish Open this week, commonly known as the warm up for the main event. It is now confirmed that he will also miss the 'main event'. The injury is on his left side, which is the side that takes a large amount of pressure during the downswing, due to the transfer of weight during his explosive golf swing.
Good News for Spieth
Despite the Texan being reported saying that he "wished he was there" at The Open, deep down I would imagine that he is a little relieved that McIlroy is out of the tournament, given his record at St Andrews.
The World number one had confessed that he once "hated" St Andrews at 16-years-old but the record speaks for itself.
Tying the major record in the first round of The 2010 Open Championship with a 63 as well as never having shot in the seventies round the Home of Golf. Apart from the blip of a score of 80, its a pretty impressive feat.
The World number two is looking to make history of his own by winning the final two major championships of the year.
He currently holds the Masters and The US Open, but by completing the collection, he would be the first player in history to hold all four majors in a calendar year.
The calendar grand slam has eluded the greatest players for many years, with Tiger Woods being the closest man to achieving it when he held all four majors at one time, across two calendar years in 2000 and 2001.
The absence of McIlroy can't make things any harder for Spieth on the course, but now all the media attention will be on the Texan. It will be interesting to see how he copes.
Open will miss McIlroy
BBC Sport have reported that The Open would not suffer should the World Number One be unable to participate. I on the other hand, believe he will be a big loss.
This is not because he is the best player in the world right now. It is because the best player in the world right now is British and we as a country will unite and root for our fellow countrymen.
Whether you are from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you are British. It is always nice to see a British name on a British Claret Jug.
Putting Speith to one side, if Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson or Jim Furyk (who lie third fourth and fifth in OWGR) were unable to attend The Open, it would make headlines but not many British fans would be too disappointed.
If Justin Rose were to miss out, being the second highest Brit in the OWGR, the local fans will be heartbroken. It's the same for story for McIlroy.
Even though there will be some high quality golf being played on this iconic stage, The British Open needs its British number one hitting the fairways.
What do you think? Does The British Open need McIlroy? Or will it be just as exciting as always? Post your comments below.
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