Rory McIlroy

McIlroy giving up European Tour membership in 2019

Rory McIlroy is set to give up European Tour membership in 2019 to focus on the U.S. PGA Tour.

Just for the year, for now.

McIlroy said on Tuesday at the World Tour Championship he intends to play only two full-field European Tour events in the first half of 2019 because of changes in the tournament schedule.

The three-time Race to Dubai champion said he'll be spending most of his time in the U.S. because the Players' Championship and the U.S. PGA Championship have been brought forward to March and May respectively. That has pushed the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, to September.

"It is the result of the changes," he said....

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