McIlroy's 2019 schedule could see him lose European Tour membership

Rory Mc Ilroy in action

McIlroy is only scheduled to play two regular Tour events in 2019 as he concentrates on the PGA Tour Credit AFP

Otaegui, who remained bogey-free in his first round, has two wins on the European Tour but neither of them have come in 72-hole stroke play.

I think it's disappointing from a European Tour point of view, as it's our flagship event at the end of the year when the top players gather in the sun.

"I'm starting my year off in the States and that will be the big focus of mine up until the end of August and then we will assess from there".

The DP World Tour Championship has had seven past winners, with Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson each posting two victories.

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The minimum requirement to maintain membership is four European Tour sanctioned tournaments outside the Major Championships and World Golf Championships.

"I've a couple "pure" European Tour events on my schedule up until the end of August", he added. And it's a decision that could see him give up his chance to ever become a Ryder Cup Captain. "I am starting my year off in the USA and that Tour (PGA Tour) will be the big focus of mine up until the end of August and then we will assess from there". 'I guess my thing is that I want to play against the strongest fields week in and week out, and for the most part of the season that is in America, ' he added.

"It's been an incredible season, made all the more magical by the success in the Ryder Cup".

He soon followed that with a remarkable performance at the Ryder Cup in September - sealing five points out of five and becoming a household name in process - and now the 36-year-old is targeting more history as he aims to become the first Italian player to be crowned European Tour No 1. Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood needs to win the tournament to have any chance of denying Molinari, and the Englishman was three shots off the lead after a 69. "If I want to continue to contend in the majors and to continue my journey back toward the top of the game, then that's what I want to do". "Hit a lot of good putts, all burning the edge and then something clicked on that back nine and they all started going in", said the world No 139.

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Another player enjoying something of a renaissance is Sergio Garcia who also tasted victory recently in the Andalucía Masters and could go well again here, now sitting just behind tournament favourite Rory McIlroy who is [10.0] in the outright win market.

Yorkshiremen Simon Dyson, Richard Finch, John Parry and amateur Ben Hutchinson all missed the cut ending their hopes of playing on the European Tour next season.

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The USPGA is moving from August to a May date, with the Players Championship pushed back to March and the FedEx Cup occupying the month of August.

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Celebrating the global connectivity of Dubai and the European Tour, the list of champions since 2009 reads like a who's who of modern-era greats, including three-time victor Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson with two titles, as well as Tommy Fleetwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood.

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