By Ross Kelly

I’m guessing Rory McIlroy is a fan of suspense movies as his latest tweet/Instagram post has caused an uproar of mystery within the golf world. The world’s No. 1 ranked golfer tore a ligament in his ankle in early July which caused him to miss the The Open Championship. The injury was expected to keep him out of action for up to 12 weeks which would put his return at some point in late September.

However, McIlroy, who just yesterday posted a video of him hitting a driver for the first time since the injury, posted a cryptic tweet on Friday that included a picture of the inside of an airplane. Along with the picture, McIlroy included several emojis including: a plane followed by the US flag, a thumbs-up sign, a victory sign, and a golf flag:

Many are interpreting that this means McIlroy is making the flight to the US to participate in the PGA Championship which starts August 13. The comments from that post on Instagram would lead you to believe that his fans certainly expect him to tee off next week at Whistling Straits. McIlroy is a two-time PGA Championship winner including winning last year by one stroke over Phil Mickelson.

If McIlroy truly is healthy enough to play, this would be the ideal event for him to return. Apart from being the defending champion, the course at Whistling Straits is a links course which are very popular in the UK and McIlroy’s native Ireland. He’s likely played thousands of practice rounds on similar courses and his game is suited for the links.

But for now, and until McIlroy publicly declares he’s returning; we’re just left with uncertainty and that’s probably just how McIlroy likes it.

Ross Kelly is an Associated Producer for CBS Local Sports. He is from Louisiana and is a fan of all sports, but not of any teams (except LSU). He can be reached at ross.kelly@cbs.com.

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