McIlroy abandoning PGA Tour membership


Martin Kaymer may still be undecided about whether to take up PGA Tour membership, but you have to wonder how the decision of Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy to abandon his membership will affect the German just a month after England’s Lee Westwood decided he wouldn’t take up PGA Tour membership.

There’s something going on here with Europe’s best wavering, defecting and rejecting . . .

“I switched on the Golf Channel one morning when I was in the States and began watching the Omega European Masters in Switzerland and thinking to myself 'I would rather be there instead,'” McIlroy is quoted saying today in multiple European newspapers and web sites. “If you're not playing well in the States it can be a lonely place. But if you're not playing well on the European Tour you still have plenty of mates to hang out with.

'Holly [girlfriend] also has another two years at university and we have two dogs, a nice house and I love my life back in Ireland. I don't ever want to give that up.”

McIlroy said he informed PGA Tour commissioner of his decision on Sunday after speaking to Westwood about it.

“The FedEx Cup is only about money and you shouldn't just be going over to play thinking about how much you can make,' said McIlroy. “I needed a break after the US PGA [in August], but had only one week. There is no flexibility in your schedule as the FedEx forces you to appear at those events. I didn't like that.”