Rory McIlroy hits both sand and water, still makes par

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There's a reason this guy's still the No. 1 player in the world, gimpy ankle or not.

Faced with a shot from the water on the 601-yard par-5 fifth hole at Whistling Straits, Rory McIlroy did what he usually does: makes the ridiculous look routine. McIlroy up-and-downed the shot for par, part of a hole that included a visit to one of the thousand-plus bunkers at Whistling Straits.

 
 

McIlroy doesn't appear to be showing any ill effects from the ankle injury that kept him out of the British Open. It's a long way to go for him to defend his PGA Championship win, but shots like this are what keep him in the hunt, hole after strange little hole.

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