McIlroy is only scheduled to play two regular Tour events in 2019 as he concentrates on the PGA Tour
15 November, 2018, 16:59
'I would never have guessed I would be in this position if you had told me in April or May, but it's been an incredible summer topped by an unbelievable Ryder Cup.
In addition to the changes, European Tour players will have to contend with a much more global Tour that includes 48 tournaments in a staggering 31 countries and five continents.
As one of their biggest stars it will come as a big blow to the European Tour, with McIlroy admitting he now has just two European Tour events (other than majors and WGC's) on his schedule for next year.
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. The event takes place at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai with Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Jon Rahm making up a strong field. 'The way the schedule has worked for next year, it is going to be different for a lot of guys.
"I don't have to commit to that until next year so I'm starting my year off in the States". For them, a World Tour combining the strongest events from the PGA and European Tours can not come soon enough. 'Everything is going to be so condensed between March and August, and that is why I am taking a big off season to get myself ready.
McIlroy's decision will be a major blow to European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, who launched the Rolex Series previous year in an effort to prevent Europe's star names from flocking to the lucrative PGA Tour.
Four-time major victor McIlroy is a three-time champion of the Tour's Race to Dubai and has been a part of every European Ryder Cup team since 2010. "Or is he just not going to play at all over the last four months?"
It has been a season of firsts for Francesco Molinari, but the Ryder Cup hero is looking forward to two more before finally being able to reflect on a remarkable year. "There were a few too many wayward tee shots probably, but I fought hard".
"Wentworth is going to be in September, the Italian Open and a lot of the big events are going to be after the PGA Tour season, so they are going to be the biggest events and strongest events in the world that week which is a good thing". Rory McIlroy has a good record in the tournament that crowns a champion and a Race to Dubai victor at the same time.
The results indicated that Fleetwood will finish each round one shot better off than Molinari, finishing the tournament four shots clear of his Ryder Cup partner.
Using the example of Lee Westwood's impressive win at the Nedbank Championship last weekend, Willett said golfers are always waiting for the days when their game magically clicks together.
All that to say, I'm not sure this is as big of a deal as its being made into.