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Rory McIlroy asks for a favour from European Tour regarding busy golf schedule

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Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy has hinted that he is open to playing at the Scottish Open from the year 2019.

However, the Holywood-born golfer put one condition in doing that, which is if the organisers of the Scottish Open swap dates with the Irish Open.

Earlier, McIlroy also had held discussions with the CEO of the European Tour Keith Pelley about altering the schedule from next year.

The 28-year-old Mcllroy, who kept the number one spot in the professional golf for 95 weeks, revealed those plans at the Honda Classic last week.

"It would be great if the Scottish Open could just switch dates with us for this one year," Mcllroy was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"We have asked Keith Pelley and Keith advised me he's asked Martin Gilbert if he would agree to swap dates with the Irish just for this one-year next year."

The Open Championship will be hosted by Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland for the first time in nearly seven decades.

And the two-time PGA Championship winner wants 2019’s Irish Open to start from July 11, because he believes a swap would make logistical sense as it will reduce the traveling time of the participants.

The Honda Classic - Round Two

McIlroy also indicated that if the swap deal is successful, he might take part in the Scottish Open for more than one year.

"It might mean I would agree to play the Scottish Open for a few years, but I don't know,” he said.

"Hopefully, they will agree as it would be just for one year as it would just make it so easy for those contesting The Open. But then everyone has their own individual agenda, so we'll see."

If everything go as McIlroy wants, he will join a number of big players including Phil Mickelson to take part in the tournament.

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