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Tiger Woods: 'Rory McIlroy sought advice after ankle injury'

World number one Rory McIlroy 'picked the brain' of Tiger Woods after his ankle injury last week.

Tiger Woods has revealed that world number one Rory McIlroy contacted him in the wake of his ankle injury to "pick" his brain.

The Northern Irishman will miss The Open next week after he suffered a total rupture of his ankle ligaments while playing football with friends.

Woods told ESPN: "He sent me a photo the day he did it. We talked about it for a little bit. He said, 'You've been through a lot of injuries over the years.' So he picked my brain a little bit. We had a good talk. He's doing the right thing, taking care of his body first before he gets back out here.

"No doubt he's frustrated that he's not going to be able to play in The Open Championship, especially here at St Andrews, and how well he's been playing of late, and this golf course really does set up well for him.

"That's the way it goes. We all get injured at one point in time. Sometimes it's through the sport or sometimes it's through fun activities. You just never know."

McIlroy has not suggested how long he will be out for, but revealed that his rehab was "going well".

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