rory wins open 2014

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British Open in doubt for World #1 Rory McIlroy.  “Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout,” McIlroy wrote on his Instagram account.

McIlory’s showdown with double major winner Jordan Spieth was expected to be the highlight of the Open, which takes place at St Andrews on July 16-19.

McIlroy, who won last year’s Open at the Royal Liverpool course, Hoylake, may also be doubtful for his scheduled defense of the US PGA Championship title next month.

McIlroy has injured his ankle playing football before. He suffered a similar, but less severe, problem in December 2013 after which he revealed: “I was off my ankle for about a week over New Year.”

The 26-year-old Northern Irishman is the current world number one and has won four major titles, the 2011 US Open, the 2012 PGA Championship and, in 2014, the British Open and the PGA Championship.

He is one of only three men, along with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, to have won three majors by the age of 25.