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McIlroy arrives at Whistling Straits for PGA practice

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AKRON, Ohio – Rory McIlroy has landed in Wisconsin, and his preparation for the PGA Championship is underway.

After days of Instagram posts and emoji-filled tweets hinting at his return to action, McIlroy is already on-site at Whistling Straits, the course that next week will host the PGA Championship for the third time.

McIlroy appears ready to make his first competitive start since suffering an ankle injury on July 4. The injury forced the world No. 1 to miss title defenses at both the Open Championship and this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, but McIlroy will defend his title in the season’s final major in search of his third PGA title since 2012.

McIlroy is included among one of the PGA of America’s featured groups and will begin the first round at 2:20 p.m. Thursday alongside Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson, the two men currently in possession of the other three major trophies.

McIlroy arrived at Whistling Straits Saturday morning, and after hitting balls on the range he began his first practice round in Kohler, Wisc., around 10 a.m. ET.

Golf Channel's Todd Lewis followed McIlroy during his practice round and spoke with the four-time major champion afterwards.