Rory McIlroy says he won’t play in the 2014-15 PGA Tour opener


Rory McIlroy (Thomas J. Russo/USA TODAY Sports)

After winning back-to-back-to-back events at the British Open, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitation and the PGA Championship, with plans to compete as part of Team Europe in the Ryder Cup next month, Rory McIlroy has decided to take a break. The golfer, who regained his No. 1 ranking, said he will not play in the PGA Tour’s first 2014-15 event, the Frys.com Open, in October, Golf Channel reports.

In April, McIlroy committed to play in the tournament to fulfill his promise as part of the “Turkey 8,” a group of eight top-ranked golfers, including Tiger Woods, who missed Fry’s in 2012 to play in an event in Turkey. To make up for missing the tournament then, each member of the group committed to enter Fry’s at least once by the 2015-16 season. A statement from the tournament confirms McIlroy will delay his entry and play next year instead because of “a busier schedule due to his recent success.”

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

The tournament is scheduled to run from Oct. 6-12 in Napa, Calif., with defending champion Jimmy Walker, Ryder Cup player Patrick Reed and two of the “Turkey 8″ (Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood) committed to play, Butler said.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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