US Open champion Rory McIlroy has pulled out of Great Britain and Ireland’s team for the Seve Trophy.
22-year-old Rory was part of the winning side two years ago and cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal had said he wanted to see as mny big names as possible play especially the US Open Champion.
But McIlroy said he wanted some time off, as he had 12 weeks on the road ahead to look forward to.”I want to spend some time at home and do a few things before I head off on that big run,” said McIlroy.
Britain’s Lee Westwood has yet to confirm his attendance while world number one Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell, Ian Poulter, Martin Laird and Justin Rose are likely to be absent because of the FedEx Cup play-offs in America.
McIlroy is due to tee of in the first round of the European Masters in Crans-Montana, Switzerland on Thursday in his first event since injuring his right arm at the US PGA Championship earlier this month.
“Now it’s not painful,” he said. “It’s more like a numb sensation, like if someone gives you a dead arm.
“It’s nearly 100% and I’m happy with it.”
The world number six has been in the United States with new girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, the current No.1 tennis player in the world as she is currently playing at the US open.