Sep 18th, 2017
Rory McIlroy to play British Masters
For first time since 2008
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In what has to be a surprise to all of us, Rory McIlroy has accepted an invitation to play in the British Masters, which kicks off at Close House GC next week.
Rory was already down to play in the Dunhill Cup, but it was expected that this would be his season ender, and that he would then take a long break to get over his nagging rib injury.
Perhaps he is being driven by the desire to avoid a second season without a win, but either way it will be great for golf fans in the North East.
"I am looking forward to playing my first British Masters for a while," McIlroy said.
"I kind of had it in the back of my mind that if I didn't make the (PGA) Tour Championship then there was a chance to tee it up at Close House, so I have decided to do that before finishing my season off the next week at the Dunhill Links.
"Teeing it up next week gives me one more chance to end 2017 on a high as well.
"If I can sign off the year with a win or two in Newcastle and then St Andrews I would take so many positives into my six-week recovery period when I am going to reset mentally and physically and concentrate on getting myself in the right shape for next year."
Sounds like a good plan Rors, and we look forwards to seeing you up close and personal at Close House next week. It’s road trip time!