Northern Irishman will participate in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Tennessee this week and play in the USA PGA Championship next week and in the US Open in September.
“I don’t know if I want to travel, I don’t know if I want to be exposed to more things and more people. So I don’t know, I have no idea and I will take it in the week of the week
“I planned my schedule until the US Open, which is obviously a couple of weeks after the Tour Championship, and then honestly I have no idea what I’m going to do next.”
“I understand their condition,” said McIlroy. “I was just saying that I don’t know if I would travel in the fall and go play some of these other events in Europe, but if it was an important championship, it would probably be different and I would probably go play it.
“But this does not mean that what Lee and Eddie are doing is not right, that they feel safer and that their time is better to spend at home and not expose themselves to more people and not have the chance to get sick or get someone other sick.
“So I understand exactly where they come from, but if it were an open championship and I had the opportunity to go further and play, I would probably risk and go to play.”
Play without fans
Following the announcement that the August US PGA Championship will take place without fans, the US Open are following suit.
“After months of consultations and scenario planning with local and state health officials, we have jointly decided that hosting the US Open without spectators will offer the best opportunity to conduct the championship safely for everyone involved,” said Mike Davis, CEO of USGA.
“We will miss the excitement of the fans and what their presence brings to the championship. We look forward to welcoming them to the future US Open again.”
The tournament was originally scheduled for June 18-21, but was postponed until April.
“I am delighted to welcome USGA to the US Open Championship at the Winged Foot Golf Club this September,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“Although the tournament will look different this year, with no fans and advanced security protocols, this event is a welcome sight for sports fans across the country and will help restore a sense of normalcy as we rebuild better than before. “
Forced to retire
As the LPGA tour resumes competitive action with the Drive On Championship at Inverness golf course in Toledo, Ohio, one player, Gaby Lopez, was forced to retire after a positive Covid-19 test.
The 26-year-old announced that following the tour’s Covid-19 test process, she has proven positive and is starting her 10-day isolation. Lopez is the first LPGA player to test positively for Covid-19.
“I am self-insulating and will follow all CDC and LPGA guidelines to return to competing on Tour safely. I feel good and I can’t wait to be able to play Tour again.”
CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to this report.