McIlroy giving up European Tour membership in 2019

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13 Nov 2018, 16:34 IST
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy is about to surrender European Tour membership in 2019 to concentrate on the U.S. PGA Tour.

Only for the yr, for now.

McIlroy stated on Tuesday on the World Tour Championship he intends to play solely two full-field European Tour occasions within the first half of 2019 due to adjustments within the match schedule.

The three-time Race to Dubai champion stated he’ll be spending most of his time within the U.S. as a result of the Gamers’ Championship and the U.S. PGA Championship have been introduced ahead to March and Might respectively. That has pushed the European Tour’s flagship occasion, the BMW PGA Championship, to September.

“It’s the results of the adjustments,” he stated. “I haven’t got to decide to something till Might, so I cannot have performed a European Tour occasion … I’ll play the WGCs and majors and occasions like that, however the true European Tour season doesn’t begin till July.

“The best way the schedule has labored for subsequent yr, it’s going to be completely different for lots of men. All the things goes to be so condensed between March and August, and that’s the reason I’m taking an enormous offseason to get myself prepared … then go at it laborious from March during to principally the top of the season.”

McIlroy stated relinquishing his membership was made simpler by the truth that 2019 was a non-Ryder Cup yr.

“I’m beginning my yr off within the States (Match of Champions in January) and that would be the huge focus of mine up till the top of August, after which we are going to assess it from there.”

The previous world No. 1 is ranked seventh. He is received solely as soon as because the 2016 Tour Championship.

“I suppose my factor is that I wish to play towards the strongest fields week in and week out, and for essentially the most a part of the season that’s in America,” he stated. “If I wish to proceed to contend within the majors and to proceed my journey again in the direction of the highest of the sport, then that is what I wish to do.

“If it have been to be that I do not fulfil my membership subsequent yr, it is not a Ryder Cup yr so it is not the top of the world. I’m all the time going to wish to play the Ryder Cup and I’ll attempt to make the workforce the yr later.”

McIlroy heads into the World Tour Championship ranked sixth within the Race to Dubai. The Northern Irishman has no likelihood of successful the Order of Advantage crown for the fourth time. Solely Francesco Molinari and Tommy Fleetwood can win the race.

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