After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to withdraw my name from consideration for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.
After speaking with those closest to me, I’ve come to realise that my health and my family’s health comes before anything else. Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take.
I trust the Irish people will understand my decision. The unwavering support I receive every time I compete in a golf tournament at home or abroad means the world to me.
I will continue to endeavour to make my fans and fans of golf proud with my play on the course and my actions off it.
A statement released by Rory McIlroy this morning.
Two sources insist that McIlroy was at the Quinta do Lago golf resort in Portugal last week — a complex owned by Irish businessman Denis O’Brien, who has become friendly with the four-time major winner.
Total rupture of left ATFL (ankle ligament) and associated joint capsule damage in a soccer kickabout with friends on Saturday. Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment plan day by day. Rehab already started….. Working hard to get back as soon as I can.