The buzz going into next week's British Open has shifted for the moment, as World No. 1 Rory McIlroy announced his severe ankle injury on Instagram Monday morning. Instead of Jordan Spieth taking on the next leg of the Grand Slam at St. Andrews, Rory's ruptured ligament is dominating the conversation.
So does Rory deserve criticism for his off-the-course injury? Or should we give the 26-year-old a pass for enjoying himself with his friends? The Twitter reaction has been mixed, but this much is true: The issue will remain a polarizing one, particularly if the defending Open champion must formally withdraw from St. Andrews in the next few days.
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