Francesco Molinari poised to cap remarkable season in Dubai

Rory Mc Ilroy playing at the Nedbank Challenge

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"If it were to be that I don't fulfill my membership next year, it's not a Ryder Cup year so it's not the end of the world", said McIlroy. "We have expanded our support for the European Tour to 2021 and we will continue to deliver great experiences for golf fans across the globe".

The Northern Irishman who has played both the PGA Tour and European Tour for all but one year since 2009 said at the DP World Championship that he will concentrate on the PGA Tour because it will help him better prepare for the major championships.

Rory McIlroy is considering relinquishing his European Tour membership next year, which would rule him out of ever becoming Ryder Cup captain.

With McIlroy's star-power backing, the Irish Open was elevated to become one of the eight mega-bucks Rolex Series events.

To be fair to McIlroy, the golf calendar is undergoing a significant shift next year which is positively encouraging the superstars to spend more time in America.

"I don't have to commit to that until next year so I'm starting my year off in the States". But because of the revamp to the major calendar, which sees the US PGA Championship moving forward from August to May, the 29-year-old world No 7 is unsure how often he will return from his Florida base to his home tour.

"I've a couple "pure" European Tour events on my schedule up until the end of August", he added. "Right now I've got two events on my schedule in Europe". I have lived a dream year and I still van't believe it.

The fairways are very wide and easy to hit, and so too are the Bermuda greens; players should be wary of some pretty stealthy run-off areas however that will spit balls out tens of yards from the dancefloor.

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The 36-year-old then became the first European player to compile a ideal 5-0 record in the Ryder Cup victory at Le Golf National, having already teamed up with Tommy Fleetwood to become the first European pair to win all four of their matches together.

Molinari, the British Open titleholder, became only the third player to feature in all 10 World Tour Championships.

"If I want to continue to contend in the Majors and to continue to contend in the Majors, and to continue my journey back towards the top of the game, then that's what I want to do".

'I'm always going to want to play in the Ryder Cup, so if I give up my membership, I'll rejoin in 2020 and try to make the team that way'.

Meanwhile, Race to Dubai leader Francesco Molinari strengthened his grip on the title with an opening round of 68, the Open champion aided by a flawless front nine which included birdies on the first, fifth and seventh.

'Since May it's all been going very fast and very quickly and so many things happening one after the other, that I haven't had time really to sit down and think through what's happened in the last few months, ' Molinari said in Dubai yesterday.

I guess I should say even more on the PGA Tour.

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