On Wednesday, World No. 1 Rory McIlroy declared himself fit to defend his title at Whistling Straits on Monday, site of the 97th PGA Championship after sustaining an ankle injury on July 4.
“To play golf, it’s 100 percent,” McIlroy said Monday of his ankle. “To go back on a soccer pitch, it wouldn’t be quite ready. But to do what I need to do this week, it’s 100 percent.”
McIltoy suffered ligament damage in his left ankle while playing soccer with some friends in a “kickabout” on July 4. He hasn’t played since the final round of the U.S. Open on June 21 and withdrew from The Open at St. Andrews as well as last week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.
“Felt like (this week) was the right time to come regardless whether (if) it was this week, or no matter what week it was,” McIlroy said. “I was ready to go whether it was this week, whether it was some other tournament. It wasn’t like I was trying to get back for this. It just so happened that I was feeling good enough to go this week.”
McIlroy is grouped for the first two rounds of the PGA Championship with world No. 2 Spieth and The Open champion Zach Johnson. They tee off at 2:20 p.m. ET on Thursday.