Rory McIlroy seems to be improving after severely injuring his ankle last month.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, McIlroy ruptured a ligament in his left ankle on July 4 while playing soccer.
On Thursday, the 26-year-old Irish golfer posted a rather gruesome photo of his ankle as it healed on his Instagram account. The photos of his ankle were taken four and a half weeks ago and three and a half weeks ago and feature the caption, "I've come a long way since."
He also posted a video to Instagram that promises a quick return to PGA play. He is seen teeing off with a driver, looking strong.
Ugly ankle and all, Rory McIlroy looks determined to return for the PGA Championship. http://t.co/1EwarQhDi3 pic.twitter.com/IXcrzB5WAWAccording to Fox Sports, Rory McIlroy is reportedly eyeing a return for the PGA Championship next week and planning to play a practice round at Whistling Straits on Saturday.
— NESN (@NESN) August 6, 2015
However, some experts, including Luke Kerr-Dineen of For the Win, who think Rory McIlroy needs to slow down and give his ankle time to heal properly.
Rushing back to play a major now and risking the 20-plus years he has left on the big stage simply isn't a gamble worth taking.
Rory McIlroy shows off his gross ankle injury on Instagram http://t.co/yFsTbNKkSd pic.twitter.com/YH3fWVZPCyMcIlroy has not been on the course since injuring his ankle and is not playing in this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, where he is the defending champion.
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) August 6, 2015
Needless to say, with the rivalry between McIlroy and Jordan Spieth heating up, the four-time majors champion is impatient to get back out there, but Kerr-Dineen warns McIlroy to proceed with caution.
Will Rory McIlroy defend his US PGA title next week? Here's the latest on his ankle injury http://t.co/Ix8cceiF4J pic.twitter.com/5hwuqv0JMr
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 4, 2015
It's clear Rory's desperate to play in the PGA. Watching Jordan Spieth threaten his crown is undoubtedly forcing the issue, but the truth is that he shouldn't. Even if he's willing to play though a little pain, he should just stay at home and not even pretend he's doing anything different. He can't control his injury, but he can control what happens after it.The commentator noted that other golfers didn't give themselves enough time to recover after an injury, including Tiger Woods and Manny Pacquiao, resulting in a less than favorable outcome.
Only time will tell if Rory McIlroy is moving too quickly.
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