Rory McIlroy reaches deal with European Tour to remain a full member
Rory McIlroy has shown after being initially not able to perform the number of occasions he negotiated a deal with the European Tour to keep his membership.
McIlroy’s decision to overlook that the Open in July appeared likely to charge him his Tour card regulations state he would have to include two additional events to his schedule by choosing not to tee up in his house .
But, due to McIlroy PGA Tour program, he was not able to match his European Tour demands prior to striking a deal.
The offer was consented by McIlroy and passed on by the European Union committee, therefore having already played in the Scottish Open, he will include in the week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth prior to making the season-ending DP World Tour Championship his third and final Rolex Series start – assuming that he is one of the top 60 in the Rush to Dubai.
McIlroy is coming from a two-week rest after a spell of seven tournament in eight weeks, but he admitted that he was talked out of which makes it a three-week fracture and persuaded to come by his spouse to Wentworth – that prompted him to get Pelley.
“My wife explained to me,’what are you wanting to perform, or what kind of purpose are you trying to make?’ My thing was, I understood at the start of this year I was not going to play with The Open, and the rule was that if you do not play with your house Open, you have to play with an extra two occasions.
“So Keith Pelley and that I sat down and I said,’KeithI can not possibly do so, you can not ask me to’. So where instead of playing with two extra, you have to play a few of those Rolex Series events a 29, Keith came straight back to me and indicated a compromise. And I said,’Done, 100 per cent performed’. It was absolutely fine After we had that conversation.
“Look, I really don’t need to try and create The European Tour bend the rules for me personally whatsoever, but I simply think we are trying our finest on the opposite side of this pond, we are trying our best over here, and just had to come to a kind of compromise in which we all felt comfortable that we’re able to compete on both tours.
“I feel that has been fair, that was a fair price in the long run.”
McIlroy, who insisted that he will play in next year’s Irish Open, also hit out at the pace of play at last week’s Solheim Cup and revealed his calls for much more severe punishments for repeat criminals, something which could be observed in Wentworth this week with a time tested program being trialled as part of their European Tour’s four-point plan to combat slow play.
Timing clocks on particular tees around the West Course will help each group in deciding whether they are out of position or not, and McIlroy said:”I think it is a beginning. Look, it’s not a terrific thing for our match.
“I really don’t need to single out specific individuals, but I saw lots of the Solheim Cup at the weekend, and it had been really slow. Just as you need to sit and watch and encourage the girls that are European, like it’s just hard not to get frustrated with it.
“I am a fan of golf, and I want the very best for the sport, so something has to be done. Because there are various situations where you have to take your own time, it is hard, and they had conditions up there at Gleneagles.
“But something needs to be done, and if you consider the US Open tennis final, Rafa Nadal obtained a time clock violation on a really big serve like in the end of this closing, so when they can do it afterward, there is no reason why people can not do it in our championships, either. So it’s just an issue of implementing it and being consistent with it.”