McIlroy plans to play first three events when PGA returns

McIlroy plans to play first three events when PGA returns

Expect to see plenty of Rory McIlroy when the PGA Tour resumes next month.

The world's top-rated player plans to enter each of the tour's first three events following its shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

McIlroy announced he will compete in the Charles Schwab Challenge, June 11-14 in Fort Worth, Texas; the RBC Heritage, June 18-21 in Hilton Head, S.C.; and the Travelers Championship, June 25-28 in Cromwell, Conn.

"I can't speak for everyone, but for me personally, I just want to get back out and play," McIlroy said on a conference call Wednesday. "I miss the competition. I miss the buzz of getting into contention and playing in those last few groups on a Sunday and really feeling that.

"I also miss the locker room. I miss people. I miss being around people. I miss the ... banter that goes on in the locker rooms and the camaraderie that people don't see."

The PGA Tour will look quite different with no fans on the course and with players and staffers attempting to maintain social distancing due to COVID-19, but that isn't diminishing McIlroy's enthusiasm.

"I think it will be nice to get back out and play," he said. "Obviously we're going to have to take as many precautions as possible to be able to put tour events on again, but I think the PGA Tour has got a very robust plan in place, and if they can execute it the right way, I see no reason why we can't start June 11."

The 31-year-old Northern Irishman is tuning up for the tour's resumption my competing Sunday in the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity event at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla. McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will team up to oppose Rickie Fowler and 2019 NCAA golf champion Matthew Wolff, who won the PGA Tour's 3M Open last summer.

The McIlroy-Johnson team will represent the American Nurses Foundation, and the Fowler-Wolff team will play on behalf of the CDC Foundation. The best-ball skins event is set to donate $3 million to those beneficiaries, with another $1 million going to Off Their Plate to help with meals for those affected by the pandemic.

"I think once we play this event on Sunday at Seminole, then I can turn my attention to maybe, you know, focusing on the restart of the PGA Tour season and really getting back into it then," McIlroy said.

--Field Level Media

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