Rory's Europe plans baffling, says McGinley
Former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley admits he is baffled by the prospect of Rory McIlroy playing just two European Tour events next season.
McIlroy, who needs to play four European Tour tournaments outside the Majors and World Golf Championship events to be a Tour member, currently only has two on his schedule and could even miss the Irish Open, an event he has hosted for the last four years.
McGinley, who has succeeded Ulsterman McIlroy as host of the Irish Open at Lahinch in 2019, said: "It is obviously a blow for the European Tour. I've been racking my brains wondering how that can be. Obviously Rory sees it in other ways and has got his own rationale, although I'm finding it hard to understand.
"Of the 12 players that represented Europe in the Ryder Cup this year, Rory is the only one who is going to do that.
"We've reduced the number of events players have to play on the European Tour from five down to four, just to make it easy for the guys, like Rory, who are playing a worldwide schedule."
If McIlroy gives up his membership in 2019 he would be able to rejoin the Tour and be eligible for the 2020 Ryder Cup, although he would be prevented from ever becoming captain.