Rory McIlroy Injury: Updates on Golfer's Ankle Ligament and Return

Matt JonesFeatured Columnist

UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA - JUNE 21:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks off the 14th hole during the final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship at Chambers Bay on June 21, 2015 in University Place, Washington.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Rory McIlroy will compete at the PGA Championship, his first tournament after announcing July 6 he had ruptured a ligament in his left ankle playing soccer with friends.

SportsCenter passed along word of McIlroy's return.

Prior to announcing the decision, McIlroy played a practice round at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, on Aug. 8, according to the PGA of America. It also announced he had a 2:20 p.m. ET tee time scheduled for the first round.

Todd Lewis of Golf Channel provided video of McIlroy's play:

Todd Lewis @ToddLewisGC

.@McIlroyRory ankle and swing look solid today during practice round at Whistling Straights. http://t.co/oxS0NBGGhI

Kelly Tilghman of Golf Channel noted McIlroy was "swinging with ease" and "running uphill to various tee boxes."

On Aug. 5, McIlroy posted a video to Instagram that shows him working out his ankle:

The return at the PGA Championship is months ahead of Darren Clarke's predicted timeline for McIlroy, after Clarke predicted the 26-year-old wouldn't golf again in 2015, according to Tim Rosaforte of Golf Digest.

"I'm taking a long-term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100 percent healthy and 100 percent competitive," McIlroy explained July 8, when confirming his absence from The Open.

The world No. 1 previously clarified the exact nature of his injury:

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It's been a year of mixed fortunes for the four-time major champion, with challenges at the Masters and the recent U.S. Open coming up just short. McIlroy will try and reverse those fortunes this week.

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