Rory McIlroy not sure of 2019 European Tour membership | Golf


Rory McIlroy is not sure of sustaining his European Tour membership for 2019 as he presently has solely two occasions on his schedule.

Gamers are required to enter 4 European Tour occasions in a season to keep up membership, however McIlroy would not seem involved, revealing his ambition to tackle the PGA Tour’s stronger fields.

The four-time main champion added that this lighter schedule was due partly to this being a Ryder Cup off-year, which means he would not be required to qualify.

“I do not know,” McIlroy advised BBC Sport when requested about conserving his European Tour membership. “Proper now, I’ve acquired two occasions on my schedule in Europe.

“I haven’t got to decide to that till subsequent yr, so I am beginning my yr off within the States. That’ll be the large focus of mine up till the tip of August after which, clearly, we’ll assess from there.

“I’ve acquired a few pure European Tour occasions on my schedule as much as the tip of August. I suppose my huge factor is I wish to play in opposition to the strongest fields week in, week out, and for probably the most a part of the season, that’s in America.

“And if I wish to proceed to contend within the majors and proceed my journey again in direction of the highest of the sport, that is what I wish to do.”

He continued: “Proper now that is all up within the air. But when it have been to be that I do not fulfill my membership subsequent yr, it isn’t a Ryder Cup yr so it isn’t the tip of the world.

“I am at all times going to wish to play the Ryder Cup, so if that does occur, so be it, and I attempt to make the Ryder Cup staff the yr after.

“It’s a huge shift however I feel it’s good for lots of causes.”

McIlroy’s absence from the European Tour would see him hand over the chance to captain Europe on the Ryder Cup sooner or later, with the function — and that of the vice-captains — requiring gamers to safe membership in each season.

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