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