Town - Four-time Major champion, Rory
McIlroy, explained that almost everything about the US PGA Tour
was more appealing than playing in Europe at this point in his life.
To all intents and purposes,
McIlroy is an American now. He has an American wife, he lives in Palm Beach,
Florida and in all honesty, most of his golfing success has been achieved on
the PGA Tour. His 14 PGA Tour titles suggest as much.
"My life is here," McIlroy
told journalists ahead of the Tournament of Champions, which starts Thursday.
"I have an American wife. I
live in America. Honestly, I enjoy it here more. The way of life is easier. The
weather. The convenience. You go to Europe and get paid a nice amount of money
to start the year. I've done that for a decade. I want to switch it up. I've
done it for 11 years, so I may as well do something a little different,"
Then there is the small matter of
the status that comes with playing on the United States tour. The European Tour
has become notorious for its weak fields. It is a criticism that extends way
back to when Ernie Els and Colin Montgomerie dominated Europe.
McIlroy has decided that there is
now more to professional sport than just the money. As he edges closer to 30,
building a legacy has become more important to him.
"I want to play against the
best players in the world. I get a buzz from that. I'd much rather go down the
stretch against Justin Thomas or Dustin Johnson. I'm not putting anyone down in
Europe, but the depths of the field and everything is just that bit better over
here. It's what everyone is striving for. It's why Francesco Molinari is here
this week. It's where it's heading," he said.