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Rory McIlroy shows off nasty ankle injury

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Rory McIlroy is inching closer to his return from an ankle injury he suffered a month ago. On Thursday, the world No. 1 golfer gave us a glimpse of how nasty the injury was and how far he has come in his recovery.

According to McIlroy’s description on Instagram, the photo you see above on the left was his ankle immediately after he tore a ligament while playing soccer with some friends. The photo on the right was taken a week later.

When you consider the baseball-sized swelling, it’s impressive that McIlroy is back to swinging clubs and might play in the PGA Championship next week.

We have certainly seen more disgusting ankle injuries in past years, but that was no joke. Hopefully McIlroy is back to full strength soon. Golf is more exciting when he’s part of the field.

Kennedy addresses calling Rory McIlroy ‘leprechaun’

Rory McIlroy’s participation in The Open Championship next week is in doubt after the world’s No. 1 ranked golfer suffered ligament damage in his ankle playing soccer over the weekend. While golf fans around the world would like to see McIlroy’s inclusion in the tournament, one employee of FOX Business Network doesn’t share the warmest regards for the 26-year-old.

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, known by many as just Kennedy, is a co-host of FOX’s “Outnumbered.” On Monday, as heard in the above video, Kennedy called McIlroy a “leprechaun” before adding that she “can’t stand him.” During Tuesday’s show, Kennedy clarified her comments by saying:

“Yesterday at this time I used the word leprechaun to describe golfer Rory McIlroy. I love sports, I love golf, but I am not a fan of Rory’s. Mostly for the way he treated tennis great Caroline Wozniacki and discarded her like a piece of chewed gum when he broke her heart and broke off their engagement in a short phone conversation. That’s worse than breaking up on a Post-it. Now to be clear, neither Harris nor Jenna Lee used the term and I don’t want them to get the credit for it. I called Rory McIlroy a leprechaun and believe me I wanted to call him much worse. As you know, some of my best friends are leprechauns and they also have tremendous sense of humor. Thank you.”

Kennedy is certainly not the only one who wasn’t happy with the way the relationship between McIlroy and Wozniacki ended. However, when she voices her opinion on the matter, the audience is large. Add to it that she used a term seen as derogatory by some and it’s not surprising Kennedy addressed the remarks a day later.

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Rory McIlroy suffered injury in soccer game with friends

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Rory McIlroy is almost certain to miss The Open Championship next week and likely be out longer than that after he suffered an injury while playing soccer with friends over the the weekend.

McIlroy, who is still the top-ranked golfer in the world, announced the injury on Facebook Monday morning.

“Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday,” he wrote. “Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started … Working hard to get back as soon as I can.”

That doesn’t sound good.

McIlroy did not play well in the first three rounds of the U.S. Open last month, but he turned it on in the final round and managed to pull off a top-10 finish. He also made one of the best birdie putts you will ever see.

Here’s hoping McIlroy has a speedy recovery and can play again this season.

Rory McIlroy makes 72-foot putt at US Open (Video)

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Much of the discussion surrounding the U.S. Open dealt with how difficult the greens were at Chambers Bay, but Rory McIlroy didn’t have much trouble with the 13th green on Sunday.

McIlroy drained an insane 72-foot putt that pulled him to within two of the leaders. It was easily the best putt we saw over a weekend in which putts were missed from inside of six feet with regularity. Here’s the video:

When you look at the perfect putt Darren Clarke hit on Friday that somehow didn’t go in the hole, it’s hard to believe McIlroy was able to sink a putt like that. I guess that’s why he’s ranked No. 1 in the world.

Rory McIlroy ‘very happy’ with girlfriend Erica Stoll

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Rory McIlroy ended his engagement with Caroline Wozniacki roughly one year ago, and he has since moved on to a new woman — one who works in his own field.

Rumors of McIlroy dating PGA employee Erica Stoll surfaced back in January. While McIlroy did not mention Stoll by name in a recent interview with the Times Magazine, he essentially confirmed that the two have been dating.

“I have met someone new,” the World No. 1 golfer said, via the Irish Independent. “She doesn’t play golf, but she is involved with golf. I have known her for three years and we are good friends … If everything off the golf course is good, it allows you to be better on it as well.

“I am very happy in my love life. We haven’t really been putting it out there. She is from America, which is why I like to spend time in Palm Beach (in Florida). The past six or seven months have been really nice. That part of my life is going great.”

After missing the cut at the Irish Open over the weekend, McIlroy and Stoll took in the final round together. They were photographed holding hands.

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It seems like it was just yesterday that McIlroy and Wozniacki were engaged, though their relationship has been kept fresh with stuff like Woz getting accused of taking a shot at Rory on Twitter. For what it’s worth, Wozniacki has been spotted with an NFL star who she may be dating. Both she and Rory appear to be doing just fine.

Caroline Wozniacki accused of zinging Rory McIlroy with Jordan Spieth tweet

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Caroline Wozniacki sent what appeared to be a very nice tweet on Sunday afternoon congratulating Jordan Spieth on his Masters win, but was there more to it than that? Social media detectives seem to think so.

Because of the way Wozniacki worded her congratulations, some felt she was taking a backhanded swipe at ex-boyfriend Rory McIlroy.

Wozniacki’s right. Spieth is the first Masters champion in 39 years to have the lead after all four rounds of the tournament. However, Chris Chase of For the Win notes that Woz rarely ever tweets about sports other than tennis and hasn’t really mentioned golf or the PGA since she was dating McIlroy.

Woz later defended herself:

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Rory McIlroy becomes new face of EA Sports PGA Tour video game

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World No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy is currently the face of the sport, and EA Sports has decided to treat him as such. The company announced on Monday that McIlroy has officially been named the new face of its PGA Tour video game series.

As Golf Digest noted, EA Sports ended its relationship with Tiger Woods less than two years ago. The last few times Tiger was on the cover of the game, he was accompanied by other people like this golf legend. Now, McIlroy has it all to himself.

“When you grow up playing golf you never really dream of being a character in a video game, let alone the guy on the box,” McIlroy told GolfDigest.com. “The technology powering the game is incredible. The courses are absolutely gorgeous, and looking at screenshots from the game you think someone just took a photo of the actual holes.”

The name “Rory McIlroy PGA Tour” will take some getting used to, but the 25-year-old certainly deserves the honor. He has already won four major championships and shows no signs of slowing down, regardless of how many people heckle him about the way his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki ended.

McIlroy is on top of the golf world. EA Sports was wise to realize that.

Tom Brady, Rory McIlroy to play round at Augusta National

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The greatest golfer on the planet and the greatest quarterback on the planet are planning to play a round of golf together at the greatest course on the planet.

According to Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be joining Rory McIlroy for 18 holes at Augusta National next week. McIlroy will be looking to tune up his game roughly one month before the Masters, while Brady’s goal will likely be to own life a little bit more.

Brady is actually an avid golfer and has been around the sport for a long time, as we learned when we saw his old resume. He’s an 8-handicap, which is very impressive for someone who spends most of his time playing football.

I’m sure Brady will just look to enjoy himself at our nation’s most storied golf course, but we are all going to be thinking the same thing — can he beat Peyton Manning’s Augusta National score? I wouldn’t bet against it.

H/T Boston.com

Rory McIlroy reportedly dating PGA employee Erica Stoll

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Ever since breaking up with ex-fiancee Caroline Wozniacki last year, Rory McIlroy has been linked to several women. The latest is someone who also is in the golf business.

According to the Irish Independent, McIlroy is dating PGA employee Erica Stoll.

Stoll and McIlroy go back to at least 2012 when the woman helped arrange a police escort for the golfer to arrive at the Ryder cup on time. The Independent says the two have been quietly dating for nearly three months and spent New Year’s together.

McIlroy and Stoll are said to be a good match because of their mutual love of golf, and Stoll’s implied understanding of McIlroy’s lifestyle and commitment to the game.

Since breaking up with Wozniacki, McIlroy was also linked to model Nadia Forde. Frankly, we’re a little surprised the golfer never went for this woman.

Photo: Twitter/Erica Stoll

Rory McIlroy trolled by ‘Sweet Caroline’ song, laughs it off (Video)

Some cheeky stadium operators at a rugby match in Ireland on Friday did their best to rattle Rory McIlroy, but the
world No. 1 golfer showed an impressive ability to shake off the troll job.

McIlroy is a fan of Ulster, one of the four pro rugby teams in Ireland, and attended the team’s game against Connacht Friday. While the golfer was conducting an interview at halftime with BBC, the stadium operators played Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” over the sound system.

McIlroy was in the middle of talking when he noticed what was going on. He gave a few laughs, then said, “oh dear,” as he shook his head with a smile on his face.

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The song, of course, is a reference to McIlroy’s former fiancee, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki. The two dated for a few years and were planning a wedding until McIlroy balked after the invitations were sent out in May. He broke up with her over a phone. The nature of the breakup was such a shock to Wozniacki she said she thought it was a joke. Since then, McIlroy has been seen with several different women, while Woz is dating a football player.