Rory McIlroy hits a driver again after ankle injury
World number one Rory McIlroy has shared a video of him hitting a drive, increasing speculation that he may return to play in next week's US PGA.
The Northern Ireland player ruptured his ankle ligaments in July, ending his hopes of defending his Open title.
McIlroy, 26, added on Instagram that it felt "good to hit the driver again".
The four-time major winner has reportedly booked a weekend practice round at Whistling Straits - the US PGA venue - for this weekend.
His spokesperson said on Tuesday that McIlroy's recovery was "ongoing" while refusing to comment on whether he might defend the title that he won at Valhalla last year.
As well as the video of his driving the ball, McIlroy has shared upbeat pictures on social media of reduced swelling on his ankle and of his throwing a medicine ball in a gym.
McIlroy will definitely miss the WGC Invitational that begins on Thursday and will slip behind US Open and Masters champion Jordan Spieth in the world rankings if the American wins at Firestone.