McIlroy: I might skip Sawgrass

Rory McIlroy says he may not compete in the Players Championship – often dubbed golf’s “unofficial fifth major” – in May.

The biggest first prize in golf might not be enough to attract Rory McIlroy next year.
The 21-year-old Northern Irishman revealed in Dubai today he is not certain to compete in the Players Championship – often dubbed golf’s “unofficial fifth major” – in May.
Having already decided not to continue as a member of the US PGA Tour, the world number nine would set more alarm bells ringing if he skips their flagship event.
“Not sure,” was McIlroy’s answer on Wednesday after being asked whether he would be chasing the winner’s cheque of more than £1million at Sawgrass in Florida.
“I don’t like the golf course for a start. Not to say The Players isn’t a great event – it’s very prestigious and it would be great to win it one day – but it just might not suit the schedule next year.
“I’m going to play Quail Hollow the week before (he is the defending champion) and then there are big tournaments in Europe.
“You have the World Match Play (in Spain the following week) and then the BMW PGA Championship (at Wentworth) straight after.
“They are two big events in the Race to Dubai and I want to try to win that.”
Asked what he did not like about Sawgrass, McIlroy added: “It’s a Pete Dye course and I find it very awkward off the tee.
“You’re hitting across fairways all the time. It creates angles and visually it’s very tough off the tee.
“He makes you feel uncomfortable because it looks like you’ve only got a little bit of fairway to hit, but actually once you get up there it’s a little bit wider.”
McIlroy has missed the halfway cut on both his appearances at the event.