Rory McIlroy has confirmed he will take part in this July’s JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor but not in the Horizon Irish Open at Mount Juliet.

His decision to play each of three weeks into the US Open and then take two weeks off before ramping up for the 150th Open Championship at St Andrew’s was flagged previously but is still a disappointment.

Shane Lowry and Padraig Harrington are among the Irish stars who have committed to Mount Juliet where McIlroy finished in a tie for 59th at last year’s event.

Tickets for the Sunday are already sold out and the tournament is in great shape with Horizon locked in for five years and the K Club on a similar timeframe from next year every second year.

McIlroy confirmed his plans while launching a new GolfNow Compete app with NBC Sports Next, the media company’s innovation arm which also owns GolfNow based in Belfast.

GolfNow Compete tracks scores and organizes both small group competitions and larger virtual tournaments.

“That’s the beauty of this game of golf,” McIlroy said during a virtual media session on Wednesday. “It doesn’t matter what age you are. It doesn’t matter your skill level. Anyone can have a good competitive run with any other golfer, regardless of skill level,” except maybe in Kilkenny at the beginning of July.



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