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Golf: McIlroy in PGA Tour u-turn

Rory McIlroy revealed tonight that he has had a change of heart about America and is likely to take up his PGA Tour membership again.

The 22-year-old US Open champion played the American circuit last season but then gave it up because he was missing Europe.

But on the eve of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio, his first event in the States since his first major title came by a massive eight shots in June, McIlroy revealed that he is going to look at making a base in Florida.

McIlroy believes his game is more suited to American courses, something that was never clearer than when he finished 25th in The Open three weeks ago and moaned about the weather.

Two of McIlroy's three professional victories so far have come in the States and the other was in Dubai.

"I spoke to a couple of the guys from the PGA Tour today about it," he said. "I am leaning towards taking my card up again, definitely.

"I feel as if I play my best golf over here. I am very comfortable in this country and I am going to look at a few houses in Florida after (next week's) PGA.

"I'm definitely looking at coming back and playing a full schedule here. I've thought about it and feel my game really suits playing courses over here.

"I love Quail Hollow, Memorial, Akron. You play Match Play, Honda, Doral, Masters - you have your favourite events and most of my favourite events seem to be on this side of the pond.

"I'd like to give it a go again and last more than one year and see how it goes."

There is also his personal life to bear in mind, of course.

He broke up with Belfast student Holly Sweeney just before The Open and has been linked with Denmark's tennis world number one Caroline Wozniacki.

Asked about the media scrutiny he has been under on and off the course since winning in Washington he commented: "The person I am holding hands with, we are both in a position where there's a high level of scrutiny.

"It's just something you have to deal with. It's not something that is ever going to go away, or I hope it doesn't go away because it would mean I wasn't playing good golf.

"It's part of my career now."

When McIlroy decided to return to Europe last year he stated: "I thought it was going to be easy, but it sort of took its toll.

"By the end of the PGA Tour season I was a bit jaded and just had to sit back and look at it and came to the conclusion that it just wasn't for me.

"But that's not to say that it won't be for me in the future."

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