In some remarks given to Marla Ridenour at the Akron Beacon-Journal, Rory McIlroy said he’s thinking about the possibility of joining the PGA Tour in 2012 given his success on U.S. soil and the fact that his stock has never been higher.
While McIlroy most certainly would never admit to such, his presence here on the PGA Tour would open up a world of financial opportunities through sponsorships and the increase of his image and stature here. Even smaller tournaments would enjoy the presence of another iconic figure as the top young golfer on the tour, and if Tiger Woods were to return to form and come back consistently, the tour could arguably be as strong as ever.
“I feel as if my game really suits playing courses over here,” he said. “I love Quail Hollow, Memorial, Akron. You play WGC-Match Play, Honda, Doral, Masters. Most of my favorite events seem to be on this side of the pond I’d like to give it a go again and, obviously, last more than one year and really see how it goes.”