No Australian Open for McIlroy this year

Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:43pm EDT
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By Bernie McGuire

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has ruled out competing in a third straight Australian Open later this year, the Northern Irish world number one has told Reuters.

McIlroy, back in action at this week's PGA Championship after being sidelined for 40 days with an ankle injury, said he did not plan to add any new events to an already busy end-of-season playing schedule.

"I was only contracted to play the one Australian Open but then after winning in 2013 I wanted to show respect to the tournament by defending my title," McIlroy, 26, told Reuters before Thursday's opening round at Whistling Straits.

"But it's not on my schedule this year."

McIlroy's victory in December 2013 at the Australian Open set the tone for a remarkable 2014 campaign highlighted by four wins worldwide, two of them in the majors.

Back in competition this week for the first time since he tied for ninth in the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay in June, McIlroy will next set his sights on the four lucrative FedExCup events that conclude the PGA Tour season.

He then plans to compete for the first time in the Oct. 15-18 Open in Napa, California, the PGA Tour's season-opener for 2015-16.

"That was the deal we had with the (PGA) Tour when we competed out in Turkey a few years back," said McIlroy, referring to the inaugural eight-man World Golf Final in Belek, Turkey in late 2012.   Continued...

Aug 12, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA; Rory McIlroy hits a tee shot on the 10th hole during a practice round for the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits -The Straits Course. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports