McIlroy defers commitment until 2015


After capturing his second major title of the year, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy will not play in the season-opening Open in October after committing to the tournament earlier this year.

McIlroy is one of eight players who received a waiver from the PGA Tour to participate in the 2012 Turkish Airlines Open, an unsanctioned event that was held opposite the Open. As part of the waiver, each player agreed to play in the California-based event at least once in the following three years, a window that will end in 2015.

McIlroy originally committed to play back in April, before he won the Open Championship and PGA Championship while returning to the top spot in the world rankings. The Ulsterman is now qualified for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which will begin in Bermuda the day after the final round at Silverado Country Club in Napa, Calif.

According to a tournament release, McIlroy's manager contacted tournament officials last week to indicate that the 25-year-old would not be playing this fall. McIlroy has since written a letter confirming his intention to play in the event in 2015.

"Fry's congratulates Rory on his victories and looks forward to him playing next year," tournament president Duke Butler said as part of the release. "We are going to have an outstanding tournament this year, with many well-known professionals competing at Silverado."

Contested at Cordevalle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., since 2010, the tournament will move to Silverado this fall, when it serves as the season-opening event of the 2014-15 season. The tournament dates are Oct. 9-12.

While McIlroy will not tee it up, tournament officials did confirm that two other players who received waivers in 2012 will be in the field in October: Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan. The other members of the "Turkey Eight" are Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson and Justin Rose.