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McIlroy Refuses Invite to Tournament of Champions

McIlroy Refuses Invite to Tournament of Champions: World number one Rory McIlroy has turned down the invitation to play in the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii. McIlroy was supposed to take part in the US PGA Tour event and even stated his intentions to compete but days before the start of the event, he opted out, saying that he wants to spend a bit more time at home before kicking off his 2023 campaign. The sudden decision was a big development for the tournament that is expecting to have the world’s top golfer competing in the event. It may affect initial golf betting lines with McIlroy’s could be exciting and unpredictable with a deep field seeking to secure the first title of the year.

World Number One McIlroy Refuses Invite to Tournament of Champions

McIlroy once took part in the event in 2019 and he finished tied for fourth on 16-under-par, seven strokes behind winner Xander Schauffele. With his schedule for the year remaining unclear, he is reportedly competing in the DP World Tour at the Dubai Desert Classic at the end of January. Meanwhile, the Tournament of Champions field remains stacked with the likes of Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Schauffele, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth taking part in the event. The competition could also give Scheffler an opportunity to recapture the World No1 ranking with a victory.

The entry of Schauffele and Cantlay to the Tournament of Champions could also mean that both golfers have rejected the chance to take part in LIV Golf this season. The Americans have also confirmed their participation in The American Express tournament in the third week of January. Last season, Cameron Smith won the Tournament of Champions but he will not be able to defend the title as he transferred to the Saudi-backed golf tournament. The PGA Tour has an existing suspension order for all parbusters who were lured to LIV Golf and it is likely to remain this way in 2023. 

Donald Picks Rozner, Mansell for Hero Cup

Antoine Rozner and Richard Mansell were chosen by European Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald as the final players for the Continental Europe and Great Britain and Ireland teams in the Hero Cup in Abu Dhabi on January 13-15. Rozner will play with the Francesco Molinari-led Continental Europe while Mansell will join the Great Britain and Ireland team led by Tommy Fleetwood.Aside from Rozner and Molinari, Continental Europe will be made up of Thomas Detry, Rasmus Hojgaard, Adrian Meronk, Guido Migliozzi, Alex Noren, Victor Perez, Thomas Pieters and Sepp Straka. Meanwhile, Ewen Ferguson, Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry, Robert MacIntyre, Seamus Power, Callum Shinkwin, Jordan Smith and Matt Wallace complete the Great Britain and Ireland team. The Hero Cup will be an exciting event for golf oddsmakers who are fond of the Ryder Cup-style of team action.