Friday 23 March 2018

Rory McIlroy pulls out of Seve trophy tournament for break

Mark Garrod

Rory McIlroy has ruled himself out of Britain and Ireland's team for the Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris.

The US Open champion was part of the winning side two years ago and it played an important role ahead of his Ryder Cup debut by showing him how much fun team golf was.

New cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal had wanted as many of his big names as possible to appear in the match - not just to see them in action, but to honour the memory of event founder Seve Ballesteros in the year of his death.

But McIlroy said today he has commitments with his sponsors and also wants some time at home before embarking on 12 weeks of travel.

"I want to try to get two weeks at home and do a few things before I head off on that big run," he told European Tour radio.

Lee Westwood has yet to make up his mind whether to play - his last appearance was 2003 - but with Mark Foster in line for a debut he commented: "It would be nice if Worksop had two people there."

Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Martin Laird and Justin Rose are likely to miss it because of the FedEx Cup play-offs in America.

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