Cape Town - Rory McIlroy has finally confirmed that
he will not be teeing it up as a European Tour member at this week's
The Northern Irishman revealed late last year that he was seriously
considering giving up his European Tour membership in a bid to put him
in the best possible shape for the majors by focusing his efforts on the
And when asked where things stood on that front at the Genesis Open
on Sunday, McIlroy confirmed that he had indeed given up his European
It means that this week's WGC-Mexico Championship, where prize-money
earned counts on both the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings and the
European Tour's Race to Dubai, marks the first occasion since his pro
debut at The Belfry in late 2007 that McIlroy will tee-up under the
umbrella of the European Tour but not as a member.
"Whatever I earn next week in Mexico will not count on the Race to
Dubai as Ive not re-joined the European Tour," he said prior to
finishing tied-fourth at Riviera on Sunday.
"I was, for one reason or another, going to re-join at the end of last year but I didn't.
"I was awarded Life Membership of the European Tour some time back
but that is an honorary position and meaning you still have to re-join
each year paying a membership fee."
McIlroy did, however, add that will re-join the Tour in May but will
play just four 'regular' Race to Dubai counting events for the remainder
of the 2019.
He has yet to confirm which four events that will be, but the Irish Open at Lahinch, the British Masters at Royal Birkdale
and Scottish Open the week ahead of the Open are all likely candidates.