McIlroy raises Irish Open possibility as designated event

Ronan MacNamara

Rory McIlroy (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy has called on the DP World Tour to get in on the act as far as the PGA Tour’s designated events are concerned and believes there is an avenue to take the them around the globe a co-sanctioned tournaments.

Currently the Scottish Open is one of the strongest DP World Tour events and has been a rare benefit of the strategic alliance with the PGA Tour and McIlroy feels the Irish Open could be co-sanctioned if the PGA Tour’s designated events go global.

“Irish Open. Spanish Open. Scottish Open is obviously a co-sanctioned event now, which is a big step forward. Wentworth,” said McIlroy. “There’s a few obvious ones that stick out that could, you could try to incorporate into more of a World Tour schedule, more so than it just being purely DP world, purely PGA TOUR and trying to sort of combine the two a little bit.”

For the first time at the end of the season, the top-10 players on the Race to Dubai Rankings will earn PGA Tour cards and while McIlroy sees that as a positive he feels the DP World Tour needs more involvement when it comes to playing opportunities on the PGA Tour.

“I think Europe needs to get into the mix. I think everyone knows this is the place that you want to play golf, right? It is what it is, right. It is. I think people complain about these 10 cards going to the European Tour players that get on this TOUR. But, like if I’m a European Tour player, like that’s brilliant.

“Instead of trying to think about what’s good for the TOUR, think about what’s good for the players that are on that Tour. I think that’s where people need to sort of reframe their mind a little bit.

“So to have the opportunity to be in the top 10 in Europe and then get over where all the opportunity is, which is here — I’m not saying there’s no opportunity over there, there is. But the one thing I would like to see going forward with this sort of designated events’ schedule is trying to get some of those tournaments in the mix overseas.”

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