Furor Over European Tour Declarations Dies Down
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There is a saying in the UK that “yesterday’s news is today’s fish-and-chip paper.” In other words, yesterday’s news is of little or no importance today. On the matter of Rory McIlroy and his recent statements about forsaking the European Tour for the PGA Tour, it seems to be particularly true.
The story so far: Barely had the bells rung out announcing the new year than McIlroy made some startling comments about his commitment to the European Tour, which is his home tour, and the PGA Tour. By virtue of his standing in the game as the man who had won four major championships before his 26th birthday, as a past world No 1, and three times winner of the Race to Dubai title in Europe, McIlroy makes news when he speaks. But even by his standards what the Northern Irishman said this time was particularly newsworthy. Or at least it seemed so at the time.
Laying out his plans for the 2019 season at the PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, McIlroy appeared, metaphorically at least, to wave goodbye to the European Tour, and, seemingly without much remorse or a backward glance, swore allegiance to the PGA Tour in the future. He hit his words with the accuracy and force of one of his own 330-yard drives. “My life’s here. I have an American wife. I live in America,” McIlroy said. You could almost hear European Tour officials and supporters ...
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