Rory McIlroy has admitted he will continue to play football with his friends, despite an injury during a kick-about that left him unable to compete at The Open and WGC Bridgestone Invitational.
Having admitted everything was going well until he played a football match on that Saturday morning, which took the world by storm. Instagram was awash with a photo of the world number one sporting a moon boot for precautionary measures. I'm sure it was not the shoe that Nike wanted him to wear, having invested $150 million in him to wear their brand.
The football match with his friends resulted in the Northern Irishman rupturing one of the ligaments in his ankle, but he had feared that he "may have broken his ankle" he confessed to BBC Sport.
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However the reigning PGA Champion remained upbeat and has said that he "doesn't like doing cardio in the gym" and it's a good way to keep hit fitness up. It remains something he "enjoys" and has "done his whole life"
Friends are aware of ramifications
The Northern Irishman has told everyone that his friends do "take it easy" on him as they know him "getting injured isn't a good thing."
However, he did not reveal the story behind how the injury happened, but he did say that enjoyed the break from golf.
It was this stretch of the season where he found form, as he went on to win The Open, The WGC Bridgestone and then The PGA Championship in the same season, which cemented his place at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings.
He said that he would "take precautionary measures such as put on a couple of ankle braces", as he will continue to do it and enjoy himself. It's something that's very important, when you take your hobby as a career, balancing work and play.
Back to Business
With the final major of the year being played this week, McIlroy feels that he is not rushing back to tournament play, but is prepared for the next four days.
His fitness test was playing and walking 72 holes across four days in Portugal last week and has been hitting balls for two weeks prior to that. He has played two and a half rounds at Whistling Straits and thought it would be ok to "play a few holes" since, but getting back to tournament preparation brings on incredibly slow play. So he called it a day!
Obviously he will be making sure he is careful about jumping into one of the 1000+ bunkers at this course, but as far as McIlroy is concerned, he would want to be playing from the middle of the fairways every day.
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