McIlroy to Delay Playing in Frys.com Open Until 2015
Napa, California, August 12, 2014 – Rory McIlroy, winner of the Open Championship, World Golf Championship Bridgestone and PGA Championship as he regained the No. 1 spot in the World Rankings, will now delay playing in the Frys.com Open until next year. The season opening tournament of the PGA TOUR is set to be played the week of October 6-12 at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California.
McIlroy, among eight top-ranked players who participated in an event in Turkey the same week as the Frys.com Open in 2012 and agreed to play in Fry’s at least once through the 2015 event, has a busier schedule due to his recent success.
Sean O’Flaherty, McIlroy’s manager, contacted Frys.com Open President Duke Butler late last week to state that McIlroy would likely delay playing. McIlroy has since written a letter stating his plans to play in the October, 2015 tournament.
“Fry’s congratulates Rory on his victories and looks forward to him playing next year,” Butler said. “We are going to have an outstanding tournament this year with many well-known professionals competing at Silverado.”
Defending Champion Jimmy Walker is No. 2 the FedExCup standings. He and Ryder Cup teammate Patrick Reed made early commitments to play in Fry’s.
American Hunter Mahan and England’s Lee Westwood, who also played in Turkey, have committed to play. There may be others from the “Turkey 8” who participate this year, according to Butler. Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel are the other players who have agreed to play this year or next in the Frys.com Open.
About Frys.com Open
The Frys.com Open is the lead tournament on the PGA TOUR’S FedExCup schedule. The tournament will be played October 6-12, 2014 at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA. Launched in 2006, the Frys.com Open is an official PGA TOUR tournament benefiting many local and national charities that are working to improve the lives of others. Title sponsor Fry’s Electronics is a privately owned retailer with 34 nationwide locations headquartered in San Jose, California. More information is available on www.FrysOpenGolf.com.