Rory McIlroy has received a lot of flack for sustaining a serious injury in the unrelated sport of soccer. It’s left him out for the count for several noteworthy tournaments, including quite a few Opens. However, despite the disapproval of fans and the media, Rory won’t be putting a stop to his friendly kickabouts with his mates anytime soon.
“Any time I go back home, one of the things that I regularly do with my friends is to play football. That was like the fourth or fifth time in a 10-day period where I had played football. I enjoy it. We all enjoy it. And it’s unfortunate that it happened.” He went on to add that accidents can happen anywhere, “It can happen walking off a tee box. It can happen doing anything. And unfortunately, my foot just got stuck in the turf and went on over it. And I was out for a few weeks. It could have been much worse. It could have required surgery. Luckily, that wasn’t the case.”
Plus, the world’s No. 1 player discovered that taking it slow for a while might have been just what he needed in the midst of a frenetic career. “If anything, having to sit those tournaments out, especially the Open Championship going back to St. Andrews, which is probably my favorite venue in the world, it gave me a huge sense of perspective. When you’re playing week in, week out and you’re thinking about winning these tournaments, you get so wrapped up in what you’re doing and your own little life and your own little bubble, sometimes you forget there’s a bigger world out there.”
If you’re part of the indignant golf crowd lambasting Rory about his unfortunate accident, you’re probably not too thrilled by this newly philosophical outlook. But if his practice sessions are anything to go by, you needn’t fear that his game will suffer. He’s already played all 72 holes on a golf course in Portugal to test his mettle and it apparently all went down without a hiccup. Looks like our man is back in the game.