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Rory McIlroy on Paul Casey

Rory McIlroy has spoken out with regards to Paul Casey and his decision to leave the European tour. Whilst he respects his fellow golfer’s decision, he has admitted that he too contemplated leaving the tour.

Rory McIlroy has considered leaving the European tour

Rory McIlroy has made his feelings clear with regards to the continuous efforts required to remain in the game. The twenty six year old has said that leaving the tour due to the punishing schedule he is has been required to stick to, over the last year, would have contributed to his own thoughts of leaving.

“I’ve definitely contemplated it, you know, getting sick of the travel, getting sick of having to cross back and forth between tours.”

Clearly tired of the sheer miles he has had to cross in order to play, McIlroy goes on to show respect for Casey and his decision:

“Some things matter more to people than others and I’d say family would always come first before any golf tournament, no matter what it is, so if that’s Paul’s decision more power to him for doing that. The way he’s playing it would be a bit of a blow for the European Ryder Cup team.”

Despite the loss of Paul Casey on the team Rory McIlroy believes that they will still remain strong enough to compete:

“But I feel like we’ve got enough strength in depth that even if Paul isn’t on the team we’d still be able field a really strong 12 guys.”

He went on to say that Casey is, or was, playing well so they would feel the loss of him although not to the extent that it would cause harm to their game.

Speaking of his own thoughts and the possibility of dropping out he said:

“Have I contemplated it? Yes, I have. Would I do it? Probably not,”

Rory has had some time out already this season due to an injury he sustained whilst he was playing football during some down time with friends. Due to his injury he has been unable to compete in the required thirteen events that must be played in order for a professional to hold on to European Tour membership. Because of his injury, McIlroy has been granted special consideration and is only required to play in twelve events.

Author Lisa Wood
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