Lee Westwood: Rory McIlroy has probably had a rethink after comments on PGA Tour earning ranking points
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (R) and England's Lee Westwood leave the 18th green after finishing their final round of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club on September 9, 2012 - Lee Westwood: Rory McIlroy has probably rethought for comments PGA tour with ranking points - GETTY IMAGES
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Lee Westwood believes Rory McIlroy "probably rethought" after declaring last week that golfers on the European Tour have no right to complain that their peers from the PGA Tour can score points even though the rest of the men Racetracks in the world is blocked.
McIlroy made his controversial comments at the RBC Heritage event at Hilton Head, where the world's number 1 ended in a draw on Sunday for the 41st time, 11 shots less than Webb Simpson's overall win.
After people like Tommy Fleetwood and Bernd Wiesberger criticized the decision to restart the ranking system when the US racetrack resumed, McIlroy asked why they hadn't traveled to America and said, “If you really care about your career , you should be here. ”
Westwood was another to choose to stay in the UK, but believes McIlroy focused on the wrong category of players in his tirade.
"Rory has a right to his opinion, but what he doesn't explain is that only a handful of European Tour players are eligible for these PGA Tour events," Westwood told Worldwide Golf. "European players from 50th place couldn't get in - and that's the problem.
“All of these Americans are playing for world ranking points and will overtake the Europeans in the ranking since the latter have no tournaments in which to participate. The world rankings are very important for entry into majors and World Golf championships, and it doesn't seem fair to me that the Europeans, South Africans and Australians who play on the European Tour lose only because of a global pandemic.
"I sent a text to Rory and we talked a bit about his comments. He has probably rethought. "
The European Tour will officially continue in four weeks at the British Masters in Newcastle. Meanwhile, McIlroy plays in his third tournament in as many weeks in the Travelers Championship, which starts in Connecticut on Thursday.
Simpson rose to fifth place in the world thanks to his second title of the year, as did the Mexican Abraham Ancer, who finished second in South Carolina, in the Hartford field. However, Tyrrell Hatton, the Englishman who finished third twice ahead of Simpson, skips the Travelers and will reappear in Detroit next week.
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