McIlroy makes US tour his No. 1 priority

The 18th green at Kapalua prior to the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions

The 18th green at Kapalua prior to the 2018 Sentry Tournament of Champions

The 2018-19 PGA TOUR Season resumes on The Plantation Course at Kapalua in Hawaii and Dustin Johnson returns to defend his title.

The four-time major victor has spoken at length about his reasons for looking Stateside this year and now the former world number one is set to put those plans into practice at the Kapalua event, where only 2018 PGA Tour winners are invited to the prestigious year opener. I've done my time.

"Really my 15-20 feet range is what I need to work on if you look at the stats from past year", McIlroy said.

"But I've tried to study up. you would hate to get penalised just for making a mistake for something you've done your whole life, so it will be different".

There was an end-of-year kerfuffle over whether he would prioritize the European Tour and get his non-major and non-WGC events in to keep membership. This is one of those small field events which I am not a fan of for DFS but it also means that I'll be more focused on the tournaments or GPPs.

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"Every time I show up to the start of the year on the PGA Tour, other guys have played almost 10 events and I'm sort of playing my first or my second one. You're not in a good position starting off".

The 29-year-old - who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March - will play alongside Xander Schauffele in the opening round, with eight of the world's top 10 featuring in the star-studded event. He must play four outside the majors and World Golf Championship competitions to retain his Tour membership.

McIlroy will nearly certainly not be seen in a regular European Tour event until July, having made the decision to skip the "desert swing" for the first time in his career. He finished 13th in the season-long FedEx Cup standings.

McIlroy, who turns 30 in May, has for years started in the Middle East, playing European Tour events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and sometimes other locales as well. "But it's not as if we all got handed starts; you've got to qualify to get on".

He added of the difference between the tours: "It's so one-sided". And the Holywood native believes that the best place to achieve that is by playing regularly in America, where the best players are playing and the most world ranking points are on offer. It's tough. I still want to support the European Tour, and I talk about this loyalty thing with Europe. Teryn Schaefer presents the best social media posts from around the world of golf in "Good, Bad & Unusual" and after each day's play brings you the biggest talking points in "The Takeaway".

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