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McIlroy set to snub PGA Tour

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Speculation from a number of sources yesterday had 20-year-old phenom Rory McIlroy playing full-time on the PGA Tour next year. It now appears if those rumours were premature. The youngster from Northern Ireland confirmed to Sky Sports after the second round of the Portugal Masters that he’ll most likely stay on the European Tour for another season.

Rory McIlroy has revealed that he is likely to remained based on the European Tour next season.

There has been speculation that the 20-year-old, who currently leads the Race to Dubai standings, had planned to join America’s PGA Tour next year.

However, McIlroy admitted after his second round at this week’s Portugal Masters in Vilamoura that he is “leaning towards” remaining a European Tour member for at least one more season.

In all honesty, I don’t think this is the right move. You’ve got to beat the best to be the best. However, McIlroy is still young, and from the looks of it he’s still got a long career ahead. Who knows, maybe another year in the friendly confines of Europe will do him good.

It should allow him to grow up a little more prior to next year’s Ryder Cup in Wales. I’d assume the event played a big role in his decision to stay on the European Tour for at least another year.


Written by Jonathan Wall

10/16/2009 at 8:55 pm

Posted in PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy

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  1. Maybe he doesn’t want his career to burn like Sergio Garcia, who maybe joined the PGA a little too young. As it stands now, Garcia may go down as the biggest underachiever in PGA TOUR history. McIlroy seems to be poised to be one of the greats and if he wants to stay close to home for a year or two, let him. Golf fans will still get to see him against the best at the majors and WGC events.


    10/19/2009 at 3:39 am

    • Like I mentioned in my post, another year on the European Tour could do him some good. And in all honesty, I could see him doing it to make sure he’s prepared for the Ryder Cup. Garcia would most certainly be on of the biggest underachievers in PGA Tour history, but don’t forget he still has a long career ahead of him. Could he claim a British Open (the major he has the best shot at winning) before it’s all said and done? I guess we’ll find out!


      10/20/2009 at 1:16 am

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