McIlroy Decides To Defend His $10M FedExCup Title

Rory McIlroy has tweeted his intentions to defend his FedExCup title after contemplating whether to sit out the remainder of the season to rest an ailing rib.

Following a T22 finish at the PGA Championship, a frustrated McIlroy said, “I don’t know what I’m going to do. You might not see me until next year. You might see me in a couple of weeks’ time.”

After several days to cool down, however, the 28-year-old Irishman opted not to pass on the chance to defend his pair of 2016 PGA Tour titles (Boston and East Lake), as well as the FedExCup itself – not to mention a $10M bonus.

“I feel like I have a sense of, not duty, but I’ve missed a lot of time already. If I’m capable of playing, I feel like why shouldn’t you. But then at the same time if you are not capable of playing at your best, why should you play. It’s a catch-22,” McIlroy said last Sunday, after ending a third straight season – in the prime of his career – without a major championship title.

McIlroy currently sits at 41 in the FedExCup standings and is set all the way through the BMW Championship – hence the promotional tweet.

The world No. 4 is nearly 200 points behind Justin Rose for the 30th spot to qualify for the TOUR Championship, but with the larger playoff points distribution (e.g. 2,000 for a win, 300 for 10th), McIlroy should have little problem punching a ticket to East Lake.

The playoffs start next week with The Northern Trust at Glen Oaks in New York.

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.


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