‘I’m trying to get back to the best player in the world’: Rory McIlroy defends decision to quit European Tour which could cost him future Ryder Cup captaincy
- Rory McIlroy has stated that he will focus on U.S.-based tournaments in 2019
- Lack of European Tour appearances make him ineligible for Ryder Cup captaincy
- But McIlroy insists he just wants to win majors again and be the best player
- Northern Irishman has won four majors but none since 2014
Rory McIlroy has dismissed concerns that quitting the European Tour could one day cost him the Ryder Cup captaincy with it unlikely to be an issue for about 20 years.
McIlroy raised eyebrows earlier this week when he said he would focus primarily on tournaments in the United States next year and that he might not meet the European Tour’s minimum event requirement.
The European Tour has a rule that anyone who declines membership or fails to fulfil their minimum event obligation of at least four regular tournaments in any season from 2018 onwards will be ineligible for future Ryder Cup captaincy.
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