If you believe the reports, Rory McIlroy hopes to test his injured left ankle during a practice round this Saturday at Whistling Straits, the site of this year’s PGA Championship.
Gregg Giannotti and Brian Jones aren’t sure that would be a wise move for the 26-year-old McIlroy.
Nick Faldo agrees.
“Well, I’m the same as you,” the CBS Sports lead golf analyst said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “If he really has ruptured it, then you’re in a boot for two months and then you start your (rehab) – and you can’t rush this. This is his left ankle. You cannot rush it, can you? You’ve got to be 100 percent strong before you even start testing it. It’s one of those things where, like we know, you can practice all you like, but as soon as you go at in performance conditions, the intensity goes up at least 50 percent, and you cannot wreck it again or tear it again. So I would have thought it’s going to be awhile. Why rush if he’s really not been able to practice? So I’m right with you guys.”
McIlroy won the PGA Championship in 2014 and finished third – one shot out of a playoff – when the event was played at Whistling Straits in 2010.
The top-ranked player in the world, McIlroy injured his ankle while playing soccer with friends in Northern Ireland on July 4. He has since withdrawn from the Scottish Open, The Open Championship and this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.
McIlroy would have been a favorite at Bridgestone.
“It’s a great golf course, an old-fashioned course,” Faldo said. “You see what Rory did to it last year. He just pulverized it with his driver. That cuts everything down. That used to be a long course back in my day.”
Faldo expects strong performances from steady, elite drivers – such as Justin Rose, Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day.
“Jason Day might be the favorite right now,” Faldo said. “He’s had two really good majors and wins in Canada. So yeah, we’ve got a good field.”