Rory McIlroy "sick" of easy European Tour courses

Rory Mc Ilroy

Rory McIlroy has thrown his European Tour future into fresh doubt after complaining that the set-ups on the circuit are too easy. 

After finishing in a tie for 26th on 15-under-par in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, the former world No.1 told reporters in St Andrews that he intends to prioritise the PGA Tour again next season.

The reason? He thinks courses on the European Tour aren’t set up to provide a stern enough test.

“I’m sort of honestly sick of coming back over to the European Tour and shooting 15 under par and finishing 30th,” said McIlroy. “I don’t think the courses are set up hard enough. There are no penalties for bad shots. It’s tough when you come back and it’s like that.

• PGA Tour pro accused of spitting on fellow player's ball

• Buggy-driving vandal tears up popular course

“I don’t feel like good golf is regarded as well as it could be.”


The Northern Irishman, who finished seven shots adrift of winner Victor Perez at the Alfred Dunhill Links, singled the Scottish Open out for particular criticism.

“I shot 13-under and finished 30th again,” he said. “It’s not a good test. I think if the European Tour wants to put forth a really good product, the golf courses and setups need to be tougher.”

• Members hit out as club closure is confirmed

• New St Andrews beers launched

McIlroy added that winning the FedEx Cup this year was “validation” of his decision to focus more on the PGA Tour this season and he strongly hinted that he’ll be doing that again next year. 

• Mr 59's advice to shoot lower scores

“I want to play on the courses I want to play at,” he said. “I don’t think I should get stick for that because I feel like I’m doing the right thing.”

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
The one swing thought EVERY golfer needs
play button
FOOTJOY PRO|SL CARBON vs ECCO S-THREE - Are these the best spikeless golf shoes money can buy?
play button
A simple way to get better rhythm in your golf swing
play button
This drill will fix your backswing... INSTANTLY!
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

CLOSED! - Scottish golf centre shuts permanently
Brooks Koepka takes another pot-shot at Bryson DeChambeau
No fans? No problem, says Tiger Woods
Bryson DeChambeau "has a lot to learn" says former PGA champ
What does his ex caddie say Tiger Woods will struggle with this week?

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Denis Pugh’s advice for big hitters
play button
Stop de-lofting your club
play button
A simple tip to help fight your slice
play button
How to control your distances
See all videos right arrow