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Sunday Express - - Front Page - By Neil McLeman

RORY McIL­ROY is set to turn his back on the Euro­pean Tour un­til next July as he chases the in­creased prize money on the PGA Tour in the USA.

The Ry­der Cup star (left) tra­di­tion­ally starts his sea­son in the Gulf and racked up two top-three fin­ishes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in Jan­uary.

But the Florida-based North­ern Ir­ish­man will tee off 2019 at the Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons in Hawaii for the first time.

And with the BMW PGA now resched­uled for Septem­ber in a re­jig of golf’s cal­en­dar and the US PGA to be staged in May, McIl­roy will prob­a­bly not play in Europe un­til the Ir­ish Open.

The four-time Ma­jor cham­pion, who is also to join the PGA Tour’s Player Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, said: “I think the changes to the Tour sched­ule next year are great. It will en­cour­age guys to play more.

“I al­ways feel like I start the year off a lit­tle bit be­hind ev­ery­one else be­cause I have to go over to Europe and then come back here.

“I turn up in LA and guys have al­ready played 10 events in the sea­son, and that’s my first one.” Or please debit my

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