• The 26-year-old 'never sees a time' he won't be a member
• His words will be music to the ears of Keith Pelley
Rory McIlroy has reiterated his commitment to the European Tour by saying that he ‘never sees a time’ when he won’t be a member.
His comments will be music to the ears of European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, who altered terms of the membership and Ryder Cup qualifying criteria last November in order to keep the major European names affiliated to the tour.
But McIlroy did admit that travelling so much caused him a slight concern, having spent only a handful of nights in his own bed at his $9.5m Florida mansion since the summer.
"I never see a time when I won't be a European Tour member" - Rory McIlroy
“Advantages are you get to play in diversity, I guess,” said the 26-year-old. “You get to play in so many different countries and experience new things, which is great. It was so nice, I had not spent a night in my own bed in Florida, I got there on last Monday after Dubai.
“I spent a night there in September, and before that, I stayed there the week before the US Open in June. That was the last time I was in my house in Florida.
“So it was nice to walk in and it's nice to have a base. That's why I love this time of the year, because I can go home on a Sunday night even in between tournaments and get a couple of nights in my own bed and fly out again. That's the nice thing about just playing this tour.
“But I'm a European. The European Tour gave me so many opportunities at start of my career and I'll always be indebted to them and I'll always go back and play, and I never see a time when I won't be a European Tour member.”
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