After several weeks of melodrama for the European Tour, they finally received some much-needed good news. Apparently, last week’s report that Rory McIlroy was set to join the ranks of the PGA Tour next season was false. Sports Business Journal reported yesterday:
“Rory has decided not to join the PGA Tour in 2010,” his agent, ISM’s Chubby Chandler, said in an e-mail. He did not provide any further explanation.
Now what I would like to know is if it was a rumor blown out of proportion or if Rory was actually intending to play on the PGA full-time, but the European Tour convinced him otherwise ($$$?!).
But his tour membership doesn’t make a drastic impact, as he will still be playing often on American soil. He’ll likely play in the majors, the WGC tournaments and a few others. The only difference is he won’t compete in the three extra PGA events. And, the European Tour can still claim him as their own.
For the moment Tim Finchem will have to hold off on his plans to parade around golf’s next-next big thing. He’s quietly weeping somewhere in Asia.
[Photo by Andrew Redington]