McIlroy lifts lid on 2019 schedule shake-up
Rory McIlroy says he decided to change his schedule for 2019 due to being keen on travelling less and experiencing new challenges.
The Northern Irishman is currently competing in the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in a change to his usual seasonal reappearance, with the former world number one having previously begun his campaign at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
However, McIlroy had already disclosed at the end of last year that he would be playing in less European Tour events in order to focus on the more lucrative PGA Tour competitions, and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship has been the first tournament to make way.
Having also decided to take up residency in the United States, McIlroy, who lives in Florida, was keen to spend less time travelling and the four-time major winner hopes the changes to his calendar will have a positive impact on his game.
"Taking up residence in the US last year, being a permanent resident, I made the decision that this is where my life is going to be, this is where I’m going to live," McIlroy said. "I think all the guys are trying to reduce their travel as much as possible. Having to hop back and forth from the States to Europe and back again, there’s not a lot of that going on, which is a good thing."
McIlroy went on to say he's enjoying the change of scenery for his seasonal debut after carding a first-round four-under 69 to leave him in a share of sixth in Hawaii.
"I’ve done the same thing for 11 years,’ McIlroy said after his opening round at the Sentry Tournament. "For 11 straight years I’ve started in the desert in the Middle East and then I’ve come Stateside.
"I just wanted to do something different. A lot of people have told me how beautiful it is here [in Hawaii] and what a great tournament it is."
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