Rory McIlroy Picks French Open Over WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
The PGA Tour and the European Tour have collided this year due to the Olympics. This means that some players who play on both tours have to decide between tournaments, one being the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the French Open.
Rory McIlroy decided to play at the French Open over the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, which he won two years ago in Akron. His reasoning is that he believes the course will better prepare him for The Open.
“Le Golf National might not be a pure links course, but it is traditionally firm and fast and can throw up some tricky conditions. It is a great test of golf and I think playing there, as well as staying in Europe, will be the best way to prepare for The Open at Troon.”
What we’re calling this is floccinaucinihilipilification. Yes that is an actual word. It’s actually the longest word in the English language. The definition is the action of estimating something is worthless.
The Olympics has brought on a lot of these feelings from one tour to the other. The Bridgestone Invitational has always been one of four world golf championships but the European tour withdrew its sanction for the event.
That means the Bridgestone Invitational is not part of the 2016 European Tour international schedule, and money won in it will not count towards The Race to Dubai or for Ryder Cup points.
Having big hitter Rory McIlroy choose the French Open is a boost for the European Tour but beef between Tours is definitely not a good thing. The Olympics has become more of an issue than anyone could have thought.
This is probably how the PGA Tour feels..