McIlroy, Wie Should Focus on Long-Term View

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits off the first tee during his practice round ahead of the 2015 Masters at Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia April 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch Picture Supplied by Action Images

Golfer, heal thyself.

Those are sage words that two of golf’s brightest young talents should be heeding right now.


Rory McIlroy’s ankle injury while playing pickup soccer has been in the headlines and is keeping him out of this week’s Open Championship. Meanwhile Michelle Wie withdrew from the LPGA’s Marathon Classic in Ohio on Tuesday because of lingering bursitis in her left hip and a bone spur in her left foot.

McIlroy, 26, has not indicated when he expects to return to competition, other than to say it will be when he “feels 100 percent healthy and 100 percent competitive.” Wie, 25, said she expects to be back for the Ricoh Women’s British Open in two weeks.

Athletes are competitors, and the cautionary tales in sports of those who have tried to come back too soon from injury are legion. If healthy, McIlroy and Wie likely have long careers ahead of them. If it means missing the next major or a few months at the height of the season to ensure a healthy return, these two should make the short-term sacrifice.

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