After recently revealing his off-the-field injury, Rory McIlroy announced on Instagram that he is withdrawing from the upcoming Open Championship. Due to the extent of the injury, it seemed unlikely that the defending champion would be able to play. Even if he did, he surely would have not been at his full ability and that served as one of his reasons.
Many fans will certainly be disappointed that his newly formed competitive rivalry with Jordan Spieth will be absent for the Major Championship. McIlroy has not announced any timetable for his return, but he stated that his rehab is going well so far. In the meantime, he has been following Wimbledon on TV at home.
See his announcement below: