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    Rory McIlroy delighted with Dubai form amid European Tour membership stir /Link

    • McIlroy makes 69 in DP World Tour Championship first round
    • World No 7 undecided on retaining full membership in 2019

    A welcome 69 for Rory McIlroy in Dubai, which he assessed as “the best I have played in a while”, was immediately overtaken by another subject. It has been that kind of week.

    Proof that McIlroy remains nothing if not single-minded arrived when the topic of his 2019 schedule was raised again. On Tuesday, the Northern Irishman suggested he might not retain full European Tour membership next year; a day later Paul McGinley, McIlroy’s former Ryder Cup captain, was among those to offer criticism, saying that he was “finding it hard to understand” and found McIlroy’s thinking “very disappointing”.

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    (@)Ewan Murray in Dubai

    Published on 15 Nov 2018 at 04:34PM

    Rory McIlroy, who is tied 10th after the first round in Dubai, said: ‘I’d cause all the stirs in the world if I go back to winning majors.’

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