Rory McIlroy takes a new approach to her golf career to conquer the continent in 2019.
While the 29-year-old Northern Irishman does not completely abandon the European tour, he is resolutely focusing on the American PGA circuit.
Speaking Monday in Kapalua, Hawaii, where he is gearing up for the PGA Tour Sentry Champions Tournament, McIlroy told reporters, "My life is here (in the US)." J & # 39; I have an American woman.I live in America.Honely, I like here life is easier, time, convenience …
"I've always tried to share my time (between two rounds, but) I'm fed up with always arriving in Florida at 100th in the FedEx Cup.It does not matter. always enough golf to give I do not like to see that figure next to my name.The other guys have participated in 12 PGA Tour events, and I play my first or my second … You don? are not well placed at the start. "
According to Golf Digest, McIlroy will likely not return to Europe until July, just before the Open Championship at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
Last year, McIlroy opened his campaign with two European tour events in the Middle East. He also participated in the BMW PGA Championship near London in May and at the Irish Open in July. This gave him the minimum for Euro Tour tournaments, not to mention the major tournaments and world championships that count for both tournaments, in order to keep his subscription to the European Tour.
If he did not meet the requirements of the Euro Tour, he might no longer be eligible to play for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup. Last fall, McIlroy fell to 2-3-0 in the European squad that won a 17-1 / 2-10 1/2 victory over the American team at the Ryder Cup. from Paris.
McIlroy played 18 tournaments on the PGA Tour in 2018, and managed an 18-month no-win sequence by capturing the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He finished 13th in the FedEx Cup season standings.
"A lot of guys have that kind of loyalty to the European tour, which is great," said McIlroy. "But it's not like we've all started, you have to qualify to continue."
"I will always play in Europe and (the fans) will always see me play – maybe not as regularly as before – but it's just a product of the current world calendar and the one where my life is at the moment. "
He added about the difference between the tours: "It's so one-sided, look, you can talk about everything you want about these biggest events in Europe, but you can go to America and play for more. money and more ranking points.
"I also think that with world ranking points, all contracts with sponsors, everything is based on world ranking points, so if players are better paid and earn more world ranking points, why would they do you play there? "
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