Rory McIlory says he is happy to make enemies – if it means winning Majors again

RORY McILROY says he is happy to make enemies if it means him getting back to winning Majors.

The golfing superstar has been blasted after revealing he is to quit the European Tour to play almost solely in America.

 Rory McIlroy is happy making enemies - if it means he's winning Majors again

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Rory McIlroy is happy making enemies – if it means he's winning Majors again

Under current rules that would cost him any chance of becoming Ryder Cup captain in the future.

But McIlroy reckons it will all be worth it if it brings an end to his four-year Major drought.

The world No 7 said: “Geez, I’d cause all the stirs in the world if I go back to winning Majors.

“Look, everyone has to do what’s best for them. And for me next year, I’m trying to do what’s best for me to help get back to being the best player in the world and try to win Majors again.”

 McIlroy has been blasted after announcing he would quit the European Tour

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McIlroy has been blasted after announcing he would quit the European Tour

The Northern Irish ace, 29, is set to play just two tournaments on his home circuit next year — meaning he will lose his Tour card.

He claims he needs to play more PGA Tour events against the world’s top stars to sharpen his game and add to his Open, two USPGA and one US Open crown.

But former Ryder Cup skipper Paul McGinley laid into his pal, saying he found McIlroy’s plans “quite extraordinary and hard to understand.”

McIlroy was unrepentant, saying: “McGinley is on the European Tour board. He’s involved and has to protect what he has and I get it.

“At the same time, I don’t have to make a final decision on my schedule yet.

“It’s up in the air. I don’t have to make a decision till May. We’ll see how it goes.

“As for the Ryder Cup captaincy, it’s 20 years away. So, no, that does not have any effect on my plans for next year.”

McIlroy is pinning his hopes on a rule change, reversing the one brought in last year that says anyone who gives up European Tour membership is barred from being European captain.

And with rumours about the European and PGA Tours merging or being replaced by a World Tour, there could be a U-turn.

As things stand, he will not be back for next year’s DP World Tour Championship — an amazing move considering he has won the Race to Dubai finale twice.

He made a decent start in search of a third title with a three-under 69 — his first sub-70 round since September’s Tour Championship in Atlanta.

He punched the air as he walked off and yelled: “Hurray, finally, a round in the 60s!”

That left him three shots off the first-round pace — but nobody was talking about his golf.

RORY McILROY says he is happy to make enemies if it means him getting back to winning Majors.