Cape City – Paul McGinley is adamant that the Irish Open shall be simply high quality with out Rory McIlroy, who has confirmed he is not going to be taking part this yr.
Whereas McGinley admitted that attempting to place collectively a high-class subject isn’t any straightforward activity within the trendy period, and even recommended the event would possibly want a change of date to stay a horny proposition for the world’s greatest gamers, he is not about to cry over spilled milk the place McIlroy is anxious.
McGinley additionally expressed confidence that this yr’s occasion would have a powerful subject, after revealing he had flown all around the world to try to lure the world’s greatest gamers – together with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson – over the past 10 months.
“We’re going to have a powerful subject,” McGinley mentioned final week. “All issues thought-about, we’re going to be forward of all affordable expectations.
“With Rory, I believe we’ve got taken the hit and moved on.
“The Irish Open is greater than Rory McIlroy and he’d be the primary to confess that with all these nice champions we’ve got had prior to now.”
McGinley additionally appeared to lament the quantity of energy gamers have within the modern-day.
“All the ability for the time being in golf is sitting with the gamers,” he mentioned.
“The larger the participant, the extra energy they’ve as a result of they will make or break a event in whether or not they wish to play or not.
“You aren’t going to get the entire gamers so what you need to do is pinpoint three or 4 or 5 massive, sturdy names and if you are able to do that, you will have a profitable event.”
McGinley mentioned it was powerful to get gamers to decide to taking part in in an occasion early, significantly one that doesn’t provide look cash.
And this yr’s amended schedule which sees all 4 majors happen throughout the house of 101 days has solely additional difficult issues.
“What’s the good date? Ought to we have a look at possibly September sooner or later for an Irish Open date?” he ended.