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Rory McIlroy hasn’t picked up a golf club since the PGA Tour was suspended

Rory McIlroy hasn’t picked up a golf club since the PGA Tour was suspended

Rory McIlroy hasn’t picked up a golf club since the PGA Tour was suspended

Rory McIlroy is preparing for a festival of golf at the back end of 2020, with all four major championships and the Ryder Cup set to be crammed into a thrilling three-month window.

Speaking to Sky Sports presenter Jamie Redknapp on an Instagram chat, world No.1 McIlroy confirmed he has not picked up a golf club since the PGA Tour was suspended earlier this month due to the coronavirus pandemic that is now starting to grip in America.

Yet he is hopeful that golf can return later this year, as he eyed up the prospect of a feast of action that could include a re-scheduled Masters and the Ryder Cup in an intense three months of action.

"I need something to practice for so I haven't pick up a golf club since we stopped playing," McIlroy said. "I have no idea when we are going to play again and I'd rather build myself up to something.

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"I know if I go out there and hit balls, I'm not doing it for any purpose. I love golf and it has given me a lot of really great things but I think I love the competition more. If there's no competition, then there's nothing to look forward to.

"Right now, I'm just enjoying spending some time at home, getting after it in the gym, and spending time by the pool or playing tennis. I realise there are a lot of us who are very fortunate to have gyms in our house and all sorts of stuff so that we can keep busy."

When asked whether he believed the Masters can still be placed into a re-arranged golf schedule, McIlroy suggested the suggested October date could work well.

"Augusta play their cards close to their chest, they don't really let much out of the bag," he continued. "I hope that they play The Masters in October. Potentially, you are looking at four majors, a Ryder Cup and the FedEx Cup in the space of 12 weeks.

"If we all get back to playing around mid-summer, it is going to be a hectic 12 or 15 weeks of all the big events."

McIlroy also spoke about his relationship with former world No.1 Tiger Woods, as he confirmed his starry-eyed admiration of the 15-time major champion and evolved into a strong friendship.

"I met Tiger when I was 15, it was unbelievable - this guy was like a god to me," he added. "I've got to know him pretty well. Since he's had kids and gone through his stuff he's definitely mellowed as a person.

"Tiger at the Masters (last year), it could be the best ever comeback in sports. Anytime Tiger's in contention, it's a pay rise for everyone in golf, more eyeballs, better ratings on TV. It was an unbelievable moment for the game of golf.

"He's the one who can transcend golf. I'm not sure anyone else in golf can make front page news."