Rory McIlroy has announced he plans to each of the first three PGA Tour events when golf resumes following the hiatus as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The world No 1 has confirmed he will take part in the Charles Schwab Challenge, 11-14 June in Fort Worth, Texas; the RBC Heritage, 18-21 June in Hilton Head, South Carolina; and the Travelers Championship, 25-28 June in Cromwell, Connecticut.
“I can’t speak for everyone, but for me personally, I just want to get back out and play,” McIlroy said on a conference call on Wednesday.
“I miss the competition. I miss the buzz of getting into contention and playing in those last few groups on a Sunday and really feeling that.
“I also miss the locker room. I miss people. I miss being around people. I miss the ... banter that goes on in the locker rooms and the camaraderie that people don’t see.”
It won't exactly be business as usual for the players when they return, with additional social distancing and hygiene measures set to be in place and no fans on the course.
“I think it will be nice to get back out and play,” he said.
“Obviously we’re going to have to take as many precautions as possible to be able to put tour events on again, but I think the PGA Tour has got a very robust plan in place, and if they can execute it the right way, I see no reason why we can’t start 11 June.”
Prior to the PGA Tour's resumption, McIlroy will join Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler for the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity event at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, on Sunday.
“I think once we play this event on Sunday at Seminole, then I can turn my attention to maybe, you know, focusing on the restart of the PGA Tour season and really getting back into it then,” McIlroy added.
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