Rory McIlroy will not play in the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event, at Wentworth Club in England at the end of May.
The 2014 champion of the event announced his decision on Wednesday, choosing not to create a schedule where he would play in four consecutive weeks. McIlroy is defending champion at the Wells Fargo Championship, and then he'll head down to TPC Sawgrass in Florida for The Players Championship. The next week, he'll head over to Ireland to serve as host of the Irish Open at The K Club. McIlroy is taking a pass on the next week at Wentworth.
The Ulsterman cites the crowded 2016 golf calendar as to why Wentworth isn't on his schedule. Starting in June, the golf calendar does get more jam-packed, with the U.S. Open at Oakmont in the middle of June, then the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, moved up from its typical August date. In July, the Open Championship at Royal Troon and the PGA Championship at Baltusrol are separated by two weeks. Golf's return to the Olympics starts three weeks later in Brazil with the 60-player men's tournament.
Given that schedule and the FedEx Cup playoffs, McIlroy won't have more than a week off until after the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine in late September.