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McIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle while playing soccer

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McIlroy ruptures ligament in ankle while playing soccer

LONDON (AP) -- Rory McIlroy injured his left ankle while playing soccer, leaving the world's No. 1 player in doubt of defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

In a shocking start to the week, McIlroy posted a photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on his left ankle. He said it was a "total rupture" of an ankle ligament and the joint capsule from kicking around a soccer ball with friends in Northern Ireland.

"Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day," McIlroy said on the post. "Rehab already started.... Working hard to get back as soon as I can."

His spokeman, Sean O'Flaherty, said he was definitely out of the Scottish Open, which starts Thursday at Gullane. O'Flaherty said they would not know until the end of the week the prospects of McIlroy teeing it up at St. Andrews on July 16.

McIlroy was the joint favorite at St. Andrews with Jordan Spieth, the 21-year-old Texan who has won the Masters and U.S. Open and goes to the British Open as only the fourth player with a shot at the modern Grand Slam.

McIlroy referred to his ATFL, which is the anterior talofibular ligament and the one most commonly sprained. The left ankle is crucial in a golf swing as weight shifts to that side while generating power.

"That's a big blow to the Open if he misses it," former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance said from Wimbledon.

McIlroy won the Open last year at Royal Liverpool by going wire-to-wire and taking a six-shot lead into the final round. He also won the PGA Championship, joining Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Bobby Jones as the only players in the last century with four majors at age 25 or younger.

Still to be determined is whether McIlroy can do the same as Woods, who played through a stress fracture and torn knee ligaments when he won the 2008 U.S. Open in a playoff that lasted 19 holes.

Woods was determined to play in that major because it was at Torrey Pines, one of his favorite courses on tour.

McIlroy already has a reasonable connection with the Old Course, where he secured his European Tour card in 2007 as an 18-year-old at the Dunhill Links with a third-place finish. He also tied the major championship record of 63 when the British Open was held at St. Andrews in 2010, though McIlroy followed with an 80 in the wind. He tied for third at St. Andrews five years ago.

2017 British Open: Field, Pairings, Tee Times, Live Stream, How To Watch

2017 British Open: Field, Pairings, Tee Times, Live Stream, How To Watch

The 2017 British Open is gearing up for another classic tournament. Hosted at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club for a 10th time, the Open Championship is a must-see for the casual sports fan. 

As the oldest major championship in professional golf, 2017 will be the 146th time The Open takes place.

This competition is one of the few that consistently features the greatest competition in the world. 

Littered with past champions, the 2017 Open Championship will once again be one of the toughest events in golf. Henrik Stenson will be back looking to defend his title, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickleson are still looking for their first PGA Tour win of the season, and Dustin Johnson looks to continue his stellar year chasing a second major championship.

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2017 BRISTH OPEN INFORMATION:

What: The 146 Open Championship (British Open) golf tournament
When: Thursday, July 20 - Sunday, July 23, 2017
Where: Royal Birkdale Golf Club
TV Channel: Golf Channel, NBC Universal
Livestream: Golf Channel Digital, NBC Sports Live

2017 BRISTH OPEN FIELD:

Players have until 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, July 14 to commit to the Open Championship.

The field will be announced by the PGA Tour as soon as possible following the deadline. 

 

2017 Quicken Loans National: Saturday Tee Times, Pairings, TV Channel

2017 Quicken Loans National: Saturday Tee Times, Pairings, TV Channel

After two rounds at the Quicken Loans National, David Lingmerth continues to sweep through the competition. In back-to-back rounds, the Sweede shot a 65 to maintain the tournament lead at the TPC Potomac through the first two days.

At 10-under par, Lingmerth's stroke lead is only two with Geoff Ogilvy at 8-under who also shot a 65 on Day 2. 

Round 3 of the 2017 Quicken Loans National will start Saturday morning just before 8:00 a.m. ET. The first pairing to be sent out will be Lucas Glover (+4) and Patrick Rodgers (+4).

Lingmerth tees off at 1:35 p.m. with Ogilvy.  

Tournament favorite, Rickie Fowler will tee off at 10:01 after staying at 2-over at TPC Potomac. The cut was made at 4-over Currently he sits tied at 37th in the tournament rankings. 

Coverage of Round 3 can be seen starting at 1:00 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, going to 2:30 p.m. CBS picks up TV coverage at 3:00 and will hold the tournament down until the end of the round or  until 6:00 p.m.

2017 Quicken Loans National Saturday Tee Times/ Pairings

7:55 A.M.: Lucas Glover, Patrick Rodgers

8:04 A.M.: Vaughn Taylor, Billy Hurley III
8:13 A.M.: Tony Finau, Russell Henley
8:22 A.M.: Brandon Hagy, Ollie Schniederjans
8:31 A.M.: Kevin Na, Byeong Hun An
8:40 A.M.: Xander Schauffelle, Hudson Swafford
8:49 A.M.: Ryan Blaum, Shawn Stefani
8:58 A.M.: D.A. Points, J.J. Henry

9:07 A.M.: Martin Flores, Time Wilkinson
9:16 A.M.: Derek Fathauer, Jason Gore
9:25 A.M.: Ben Crane, Jonathan Randolph
9:34 A.M.: Billy Horschel, Wesley Bryan
9:43 A.M.: Scott Stallings, J.B. Holmes
9:52 A.M.: Grayson Murray, David Hearn

10:01 A.M.: Nick Watney, Rickie Fowler
10:10 A.M.: Kelly Kraft, Brett Stegmaier
10:19 A.M.: Wyndham Clark, Kevin Tway
10:28 A.M.: Matt Jones, Mackenzie Hughes
10:37 A.M.: Robert Garrigus, Harold Varner III
10:46 A.M.: Brian Gay, Zac Blair
10:55 A.M.: Seamus Power, Trey Mullinax

11:05 A.M.: Ben Martin, Robert Streb
11:15 A.M.: Cameron Percy, Sam Saunders
11:25 A.M.: Kevin Streelman, Spencer Levin
11:35 A.M.: James Hahn, Kyle Stanley
11:45 A.M.: Jason Kokrak, Charles Howell III
11:55 A.M.: Martin Laird, Curtis Luck

12:05 P.M.: Bill Haas, Peter Malnati
12:15 P.M.: Keegan Bradley, Patrick Reed
12:25 P.M.: Marc Leishman, Andrew Loupe
12:35 P.M.: Kyle Reifers, Bryson DeChambeau
12:45 P.M.: Tyrone Van Aswegen, Danny Lee
12:55 P.M.: Johnson Wagner, Michael Kim

1:05 P.M.: Ricky Barnes, Harris English
1:15 P.M.: Sung Kang, Nick Taylor
1:25 P.M.: Daniel Summerhays, Ajurn Atwal
1:35 P.M.: David Lingmerth, Geoff Ogilvy