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McIlroy plays practice round at Whistling Straits without apparent discomfort

August 08, 2015

Rory McIlroy, the defending champion in next week's PGA Championship, played a practice round at Whistling Straits on Saturday, and did so without any apparent discomfort from the ankle injury he suffered two weeks before the British Open, according to one report.

Gary D'Amato, golf writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was a witness, and wrote, "He did not seem to be favoring the left ankle he injured in early July while kicking around a soccer ball with friends. McIlroy hit driver on the longer holes, jogged up and down a couple small hills and seemed to have a bounce in his step.

McIlroy was unable to play in the British Open and hasn't played competitively since tying for ninth in the U.S. Open in June.