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Tiger on Rory's PGA return: 'This is going to be tough'

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Tiger Woods knows all about playing through pain at a major.

And though Rory McIlroy’s return from a torn ligament in his left ankle doesn’t register on the Tiger-at-Torrey scale, Woods is uniquely positioned to describe the challenges that the world No. 1 could face at Whistling Straits. 

“Obviously, this is gonna be tough,” Woods said Tuesday at the PGA. “This is gonna be a tough golf course if you miss the golf ball a little bit. Even the walks, from tee box to fairway, they’re not straight. They’ve got a little angulation. It’s just a matter of how can he hold that up.” 

Woods said that McIlroy will likely have to rely on his physiotherapists because the discomfort in his ankle will only increase as the week goes on.

“I blew out my knee and played for a good nine months before I had it fixed,” Woods said. “So it can be done. Is he probably going to be in pain? Probably, yeah. Swelling is going to probably occur, but that’s why the physios are there, and I’m sure they’ll get him organized.”