European Tour CEO Keith Pelley flew to Northern Ireland in a bid to persuade Rory McIlroy to fulfil his membership in 2019. Reports now claim the former world number one will not follow through with his apparent threat to apportion even more of his time in the US.
Speaking during the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, McIlroy made it clear his focus next year would be the PGA Tour to give himself the best chance of adding to his tally of four major wins. “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,” he said.
European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley has since taken steps to make sure his biggest draw plays the four-event minimum to keep his status.
In the European Tour’s final stop of the year, David Lipsky fired a bogey-free 66 to set the clubhouse target and open up a one-shot lead on day two of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.