Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
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Fleetwood ready for the chase in Dubai

Fleetwood ready for the chase in Dubai

"Of the 12 players that represented Europe in the Ryder Cup this year, Rory is the only one who is going to do that and the others have all signed up to play the minimum of four events outside of the majors and WGCs". Even his participation in the Irish Open, the event he put back on the map, is in considerable doubt. He will play only once more - in Hawaii in the first week in January - over the next 13 weeks.

If anything, McIlroy would seem now likely, and given a totally revamped 2019 season that features the Players Championship in March, the PGA Championship in May and the BMW PGA Championship moving to September, to tee-up in the July 11th starting Scottish Open and a week prior to the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush. For them, a World Tour combining the strongest events from the PGA and European Tours can not come soon enough.

"For me it's been a great season and however it goes this week, I'm still going to have lots of great memories from all of what I've done this year, and probably the best memory is what we've done together with him in France". But McIlroy is skipping them and is likely not to return to competitive golf until either the Pebble Beach Pro-Am or Genesis Open.

And back in September the pair took maximum points on the first two days of the Ryder Cup which the European fans at Le Golf National in Paris lapped-up and earned the pair the moniker "Moliwood" thanks to their box office displays.

The fairways are very wide and easy to hit, and so too are the Bermuda greens; players should be wary of some pretty stealthy run-off areas however that will spit balls out tens of yards from the dancefloor.

McIlroy made his Irish Open debut as a then amateur in 2005 and has contested the event ever year since 2008.


"I've couple of "pure" European Tour events on my schedule up until the end of August".

"Everything is going to be so condensed between March and August, and this is why I am taking a big offseason to get myself ready, and to have that break and impose an offseason on myself and then go at it hard from March all the way through to basically the end of the season, " McIlroy told reporters in Dubai. 'I guess my thing is that I want to play against the strongest fields week in and week out, and for the most part of the season that is in America, ' he added.

"If it were to be that I don't fulfil my membership next year, it's not a Ryder Cup year so it's not the end of the world".

Rory McIlroy has revealed that he may not fulfil the requirements for European Tour membership next season, even though it could cost him the chance to be Ryder Cup captain.

"It is a big shift but I think it's good for a lot of reasons", McIlroy added.

"It's a very good thing that we'll be teeing off on Thursday together and that we both have a chance to win the Race to Dubai", he said. I think it doesn't matter how much you achieve in the game.

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