Rory McIlroy is considering giving up his membership on the European Tour due to playing in too many scheduled events which has potentially had an effect on his play. So, in 2019, the 29-year-old is considering putting all of his energy into the PGA Tour, competing against mostly American competition according to GolfDigest.com.
The 14-time major champion feels that the fields are stronger in America, so this gives him a chance to play against the world’s best every week. McIlroy still wants to play in Ryder Cups and he’ll likely still be able to, however, if he declines membership on the European Tour or doesn’t play in the minimum events, he will not get a chance to be a Ryder Cup Captain or Vice Captain, and it’s this one thing that McIlroy seems to want to do one day.
This rule goes for any season. So if he does decide to focus solely on the PGA Tour in 2019, then there could be consequences, even he wants to rejoin the European Tour in 2020.
If this were the case, McIlroy would still be able to play in the Ryder Cup, he just would never be able to be a Captain for it. And although it will likely be quite some time before he could be a Captain, I have no doubt that he would want to be one, and that other players would like to see it too.
If McIlroy follows through with his plan, it would be a rare instance where a European player gives up his/her membership on the continent’s tour as to where we’ve seen more of the opposite with American players. Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka still play in European Tour events, with Reed recently gaining membership, and Koepka remaining, as he got his start on the tour before joining the PGA Tour.
However, neither players have given up their PGA Tour memberships to focus on the European Tour. They just added the extra events to their schedules.
McIlroy, on the other hand, is going a different route by completely giving up membership on a tour to play on another, full-time. By playing on the PGA Tour exclusively, it would ease his schedule a bit, which in turn can help him play better and win more tournaments.
The biggest thing he would need to ask himself, however, is how important is it for him to be a Ryder Cup Captain for Team Europe one day. Once he answers that question, then he can make his final decision.
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