Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fit-Again McIlroy Is Ready to Walk the Walk in US PGA

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fit-Again McIlroy Is Ready to Walk the Walk in US PGA

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RORY McILROY has declared himself 100 per cent fit after playing another practice round as he prepares for the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, starting on Thursday.

The Northern Irish world No1 injured ligaments in his left ankle playing football with friends and had to pull out of last month's Open Championship at St Andrews. Thursday's opening round will be his first competitive 18 holes since the US Open in June.

"To play golf, the ankle is 100 per cent," said the 26-year-old (right) after his first official practice round on the Wisconsin course. "To go back on a soccer pitch, it wouldn't be quite ready. But to do what I need to do this week, it's 100 per cent."

McIlroy flew in from Portugal at the weekend and has now played two practice rounds, playing with one ball to keep score and try to regain a competitive feel. …

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