We have anxiously awaited the return of former #1 player in the world, multi-time major winner and defending FedEx Cup champion, Rory McIlroy, from injury to competitive golf. We got part of the answer on his return on Friday morning.
McIlroy has been out to start this year with a stress fracture in one of his ribs that previously kept him out of the Dubai Desert Classic in January, and also, this week’s Honda Classic on the PGA Tour.
Well, we now know he intends to play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando on March 16-19. Then, McIlroy made everyone in the Hartford, CT, area associated with the Travelers Championship happy, when he also committed to that event in June.
“I am delighted that the Travelers Championship is part of my schedule this year,” McIlroy said in a statement released by his agency. “The course should really set up well for my game and I’m really looking forward to teeing it up there in June against some of the Tour’s best players.”
The Travelers has moved up this year to the week after the U.S. Open.
McIlroy was also prompted to enter the Travelers in part due to the new PGA Tour’s strength of field regulation, which requires players to add at least one tournament they have not played in during the past four seasons.
Later on Friay afternoon, McIlroy committed to play next week in the WGC event in Mexico, as well. There is no cut in that tournament.
He could also choose to play in the WGC-Dell Match Play in Austin, TX, as part of 64 top players in the world rankings. That Match event is the week before the API at Bay Hill.