Graeme McDowell has said publicly that he understands Rory McIlroy’s decision to quit the U.S. Tour. However, Padraig Harrington says that he’s eager to discuss the decision with the young Ulster star.
Five years after attempting to compete in the U.S. and European Tour McDowell now intends to return to the U.S. Tour in 2011. He has said that he understands McIlroy’s decision to quit after just one season in the U.S.
He said “I can see where Rory is coming from. The phrase ‘home is where the heart is’ sums it up very well…It was easy for me to make my decision to take out a US Tour card again next year because for the past 10 years I have had a home in Orlando. So I spend a lot of time there. Having an established base there is a big help as it cuts down a lot of flying to and from America, and as Rory has found out that can be very tiring.
"You have to understand just how much Rory likes to be get back to Ireland and spend time with his girlfriend Holly and his friends. It’s very important to him."
Padraig Harrington, on the other hand, has been playing full-time in the United States since 2006. He has said that he plans to speak to McIlroy about the move.
He said “There are pros and cons on both sides of the argument…I will have a chat with Rory when I get the chance to see what he says. I have always enjoyed playing in the States, and I have many friends over there. I am comfortable over there and enjoy life there, but then I enjoy playing the European Tour, as well. So there is pros and cons for both.”
The pair were speaking in advance of the Singapore Open. Harrington was the guest of honor on Tuesday at the “road show” in the heart of the city.
This year there are nine Irish golfers competing among the 204 overall competitors at the $6 million event.