Rory McIlroy: “I Almost Quit”

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Rory McIlroy almost quit the European Tour this year after growing sick of travel. 

The former world number one spent two weeks (672 hours) travelling  to and from golf tournaments in the past year, which nearly forced him out of the European Tour.

McIlroy admitted on Tuesday that he considered following in the footsteps of Englishman Paul Casey, who resigned from the European Tour to focus on the PGA TOUR when he became sick of travelling to international tournaments.

“I’ve definitely contemplated it,” the 26-year-old said in an interview with BBC Sport. “You know, getting sick of the travel, getting sick of having to cross back and forth between tours. The players on the European Tour have had endless dialogue about reducing the number of tournaments that you need to play.”

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The European Tour requires players to tee it up in at least 13 events each season to retain their membership. In order to qualify for the Ryder Cup, golfers must be members of the European Tour golfers . This means Paul Casey, who is living and playing full-time in the States, will sacrifice a place at Hazeltine next year unless he renews his European Tour membership.