Disclosed: By Rory McIlroy, that he likely will relinquish his European Tour membership for the 2018-19 season. McIlroy, 29, a four-time major champion from Northern Ireland, intends to focus on the PGA Tour and might not meet the minimum requirement for membership on his home tour. McIlroy must play at least four regular European Tour events in addition to the four World Golf Championships and four major championships. He cited changes in the U.S. and European schedules, notably the moves of the Players Championship and PGA Championship, to March and May, respectively. The European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW Championship, has shifted from May to September. McIlroy intends to play only two full-field European Tour events in the first half of 2019. McIlroy noted that the decision, which he said was for one year only, was made easier by the fact that 2019 will not be a Ryder Cup year. “I want to play against the strongest fields week in and week out,” he said, “and for the most part of the season, that is in America.”
Announced: By the USGA and R&A, a global ranking for golfers with disabilities. The World Ranking for Golfers with Disability will debut Jan. 1 and be administered in tandem with the World Amateur Golf Ranking for men and women.