Rory McIlroy Practices to ready himself for his defence

Rory McIlroy is fit to defend the US PGA title

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Rory McIlroy Practices to ready himself for his defence

World number one Rory McIlroy says he has recovered from injury to his left ankle and is ready to defend his US PGA Championship title this week.

The 26-year-old suffered a rupture of ligaments in his left ankle in July a week before The Open while playing football.

He then missed The Open, but he will play in the last major of the year the US PGA, at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

The Northern Irishman said: “To play golf, it’s 100%. To go back on a soccer pitch, it wouldn’t be quite ready.”

McIlroy played a couple of practice rounds at Whistling Straits over the weekend and completed nine holes in the rain on Monday.

“To do what I need to do this week, it’s 100%,” he added. “It felt fine. I’ve come a long way in five weeks.”

Tee times were released on Friday with McIlroy grouped with the winners of this year’s majors, Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson.

He will tee off at 1.20pm CTD – 7.20 GMT

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