PGA Tour

McIlroy to pass on Open

2014-08-12T20:17:00Z 2014-08-12T21:56:10Z McIlroy to pass on OpenMARTY JAMES Napa Valley Register
August 12, 2014 8:17 pm  • 

Rory McIlroy, No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking and winner of the British Open and PGA Championship, will not play in the Open in October at Silverado Resort and Spa.

McIlroy, No. 1 among PGA Tour FedExCup leaders, will delay playing in the Open until 2015, tournament director Jeff Sanchez announced Tuesday.

The season-opening tournament of the PGA Tour’s 2014-15 wrap-around schedule is set to be played the week of Oct. 6-12 on the North Course at Silverado.

It’s a $5 million event. There will be 144 players in the field. The winner receives $900,000.

McIlroy, among eight top-ranked players who participated in an event in Turkey the same week as the Open in 2012 and agreed to play in the Fry’s at least once through the 2015 event, has a busier schedule due to his recent success.

Sean O’Flaherty, McIlroy’s manager, contacted Open President Duke Butler late last week to say that McIlroy would likely delay playing in the Northern California event. McIlroy has since written a letter stating his plans to play in the October 2015 tournament.

“Fry’s congratulates Rory on his victories and looks forward to him playing next year,” Butler said. “We are going to have an outstanding tournament this year with many well-known professionals competing at Silverado.”

McIlroy also won the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

This year’s Open field features Jimmy Walker, the tournament’s defending champion. He and Patrick Reed made early commitments to play in the Fry’s.

Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood, who also played in Turkey, have committed to play the Open.

There may be others from the “Turkey 8” who participate this year, according to Butler.

Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel are the other players who have agreed to play this year or next in the Open.

In capturing the PGA Championship Sunday at Valhalla in Lexington, Kentucky, McIlroy became the third youngest player to win his fourth major at 25 years of age, joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

McIlroy is also the first player to win two straight majors since Padraig Harrington in 2008.

“It’s just been an incredible run of golf, and I just couldn’t be more proud of myself or happier with where my game’s at,” said McIlroy.

McIlroy is the fifth golfer to win the British Open and the PGA Championship in the same year.

“I’ve got that sense of belief in myself now that I go into every tournament I play knowing that I can win. It’s a great feeling to have,” he said.

Launched in 2006, the Open is an official PGA Tour tournament benefiting many local and national charities.

It marks the PGA Tour’s return to Napa for the first time since 1980.

The tournament has options for similar dates in 2015 and 2016 at Silverado.

Title sponsor Fry’s Electronics is a privately owned retailer with 34 nationwide locations and is headquartered in San Jose.

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