(SportsNetwork.com) – Rory McIlroy will not defend his title at the British Open.
The world’s No. 1 player announced Wednesday he has withdrawn from the tournament due to a ruptured ligament in his left ankle.
“After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St. Andrews,” McIlroy released via his Instagram account. “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. Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can…”
McIlroy suffered the injury while playing soccer with some friends on Saturday. He will be the first player to not defend his British Open title since Ben Hogan in 1954.
The British Open starts on July 16.