News & ToursAugust 3, 2015

Either Rory McIlroy is toying with our emotions or there's reason to think he could play in the PGA Championship

The prospect of Rory McIlroy defending his PGA Championship title has appeared unlikely as the World No. 1 remains sidelined after rupturing the anterior ligament in his left ankle playing soccer with friends in July. Yet for the first time since he suffered the injury -- which kept him from competing in the British Open at St. Andrews -- there's reason to think we could see McIlroy back to play in the year's last major -- emphasis on could.

A report by Reuters, citing an unnamed but "reliable" source, says McIlroy has scheduled a practice round at Whistling Straits for Saturday. McIlroy, who is often active on social media, has not said anything to confirm the report.

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McIlroy announced July 29 that he was skipping this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament he won a year ago by two strokes over Sergio Garcia, to continue his rehabilitation process. Many speculated that the decision was a prelude for McIlroy making a similar announcement about Whistling Straits in the days ahead. However, bypassing the WGC event might have been necessary if McIlroy were to make a reasonable attempt at playing in the PGA, figuring that playing golf tournaments in consecutive weeks on an ankle that some doctors suggest would take three months to properly heal, would be too much too soon.

UPDATE, Tues., 8/4, 12:45 p.m.

Terry Prone, a publicist who works for Rory McIlroy, told the Irish Golf Desk that McIlroy has not set up a practice round for Saturday at Whistling Straits. Prone did not say whether McIlroy would play or not play in the PGA.

McIlroy's manager, Sean O'Flaherty, texted Golf Digest and Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte to say: "Rehab is going good and progressing well. Should know more later this week."

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