Nice piece by proper journalist Brian Keogh at his IrishGolfDesk on Rory McIlroy's involvement with the 2016 Irish Open.  Rory wanted to make it clear he was not setting a precedent by cajoling the likes of Fowler, Els and Garcia into showing up at Royal County Down this year in return for favours.

It seems the pressure was on McIlroy to deliver Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson to play in Kildare from May 19-22 next year.

Instead, four-time major winner McIlroy hopes the massive prize fund — up from €2.5m to €4 million next year — will be enough to attract a stellar field.
Asked at the Turkish Airlines Open which American stars he was targeting, McIlroy said: "Really I'm not. I think the prize fund, that speaks for itself. I’m not going to do any IOU's this year like I did last year.


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