Some would be shocked; some happy but regardless one of the highest paid golfers ever is back and ready to play. After injuring his ankle severely a couple months back, Rory McIlroy is set to tee it up this week at Whistling Straits at the PGA Championship. An event Rory won one year ago.

On July 4th, McIlroy was playing soccer with some of his good friends back in his hometown of Holywood, United Kingdom, when he suffered a total rupture of his left ankle ligament. McIlroy last played two months ago at the US Open when he finished ninth and won the Wells Fargo Championship the week prior.

The big question: is a course that stretches out to 7501 yards and includes one of the toughest finishes with a 520 yard par 4 18th a good course to try and come back from injury? Maybe not, but then again for Rory this was a pretty simple answer.

Rory comes into the PGA Championships with two wins under his belt this season, over $4 million in winnings and, of course, there is something else. McIlroy is the defending champion of the PGA Championships. McIlroy made par on the final hole last year at Valhalla to capture a one stroke victory on Phil Mickelson. To add even incentive to why he thinks he should play, although realistically he probably doesn’t care too much.

Tiger Woods is not surprised about McIlroy playing. Of course, Woods will not only go down as one of the game’s greats but also a guy who has went through an injury or two including having to drop out because of an ankle injury. Coincidence? Woods quoted in an interview with SB Nation "I blew out my knee and played for a good nine months before I had it fixed," he said.

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"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."

In the end, Rory is not too afraid of any comments saying he cannot play because he says he is 100%. Yes, Tiger said it right when he mentioned pain and swelling will happen. How could it not coming off such a severe injury? But with this is McIlroy's first real big injury and he has worked hard to get back to the game he loves.

For what we know now, one of the best golfers from 2010 to the present day is back. We don’t know for how long, but Rory McIlroy will tee it up on Thursday at the PGA Championship. McIlroy is set to tee off 1:20 on Thursday with the likes of former major champions in Jordan Speith and Zach Johnson.