McIlroy to miss The Barclays
August 15, 2015
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- After the PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy will return to competition at the Deutsche Bank Championship. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- Rory McIlroy will give his recently injured left ankle a rest and skip The Barclays, the opening event of the FedExCup Playoffs in two weeks.
“I'm going to take a couple of weeks off just to sort of re-assess everything, and I'll start back in the playoffs at Boston,” McIlroy said Saturday, referring to the Deutsche Bank Championship, Sept. 4-7 at TPC Boston. “Then play through the FedExCup. Then I've got to play Frys.com and then I'm playing maybe a couple more after that, Dubai and China.”
The decision is hardly a surprise after the world No. 1 suffered a ruptured ligament in his left ankle during a soccer game with friends on July 4. The injury caused McIlroy to miss title defenses at The Open Championship and World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational before returning at this week’s PGA Championship.
McIlroy has said all week that his ankle has felt fine, and he has shown no signs of being hindered by it at Whistling Straits. But with potentially four tournaments in a five-week stretch, he preferred to take the same cautious approach prior to the final major of the season.
“I didn't want to play (last week at Firestone) because I didn't want to jeopardize playing this week,” he said. “There's no point in playing last week and then it flaring up, and then you completely threw this tournament into question. You have to play safe coming back from injury; you have to give yourself enough time.”
McIlroy was 12th in the FedExCup standings entering the PGA Championship. He has never won the FedExCup.