But he has given a positive update on his injury on his instagram account.
Looking pretty painful, the pictures show McIlroy’s ankle covered in a mesh of purple bruises and looking swollen. Today’s posts raise that hope. Whistling Straits is a six-mile walk, and the hilly terrain makes for a hard trek for both spectators and players.
He was unable to defend his title at the Open Championship at St Andrews and will also miss this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, another crown he now holds.
McIlroy won last year’s PGA Championship by one shot after a final-round shootout that finished in near darkness at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.
The photos followed quickly a Wednesday clip in which McIlroy undertakes a robust workout that involved putting weight on the injured foot as he swung a medicine ball. Taken a week later, an equally gruesome picture displays the mass of bumps and bruises which necessitated his absence from the Old Course.
Hopefully we see McIlroy back on the course next Thursday.
The American media were quick to analyse his motion, with Brady Riggs, a coach on the PGA Tour providing a positive verdict.
McIlroy has nothing to gain in the year’s last major if he isn’t able to play to his full ability. “Still going through the ankle rehab process”, Communications Clinic’s Terry Prone said.
Rushing back to play a major now and risking the 20-plus years he has left on the big stage simply isn’t a gamble worth taking.