McIlroy Paired With Spieth, Zach Johnson for PGA Championship

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  • Golf's No. 1 player is still recovering from ankle injury
  • Northern Irishman hasn't officially said he'll play in PGA

Rory McIlroy is listed as part of a group with Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth and British Open winner Zach Johnson to play the first two rounds of next week’s PGA Championship in Wisconsin.

McIlroy, who has been sidelined with an ankle injury, hasn’t confirmed that he’ll play in golf’s final major of the year.

The trio is scheduled to begin the first round at 2:20 p.m. New York time on Aug. 13 and then tee off at 9:05 a.m. for the second round the following day.
McIlroy posted a photo on social media indicating he’s traveling to the U.S., a sign that the tournament’s defending champion may return from the injury.

Golf’s No.1-ranked player posted a picture showing the inside of a plane with a passport and a map displaying the Atlantic Ocean at the southern tip of Spain and Portugal. The annotation included an American flag, thumbs up, victory sign and golf course symbols. On Thursday, McIlroy posted a video of him practicing, writing “Feels good to hit the driver again.”

McIlroy was unable to defend his British Open title last month after rupturing a ligament in his left ankle while playing soccer with friends. The 26-year-old Northern Irishman also skipped this week’s World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio to give his ankle more time to recover.

McIlroy captured last year’s PGA Championship at Valhalla in Kentucky with a one-shot win for his fourth career major title, three weeks after winning the British Open. He also won the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship is scheduled for Aug. 13-16 at Whistling Straits in Kohler.