Young gun McIlroy turns his back on US Tour riches

NORTHERN IRISH starlet Rory McIlroy has turned his back on America&rsquo;s PGA Tour &ndash; to avoid golfing burnout.<br /><br />The 20-year-old has gatecrashed the top 20 in the world rankings, thus earning himself a lucrative membership to the US Tour.<br /><br />But McIlroy, the Dubai Desert Classic champion, has opted to concentrate on playing most of his golf on the European Tour where the schedule is not so intense.<br /><br />&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t want to play 30 events a year and get burnout,&rdquo; said McIlroy ahead of the PGA Championship at Wentworth, which starts today.<br /><br />&ldquo;I had not planned on having a PGA Tour card for two or three years anyhow. It was an easy decision to make in that respect and I&rsquo;m very happy in Europe. I&rsquo;ll play the Majors and the World Golf Championships and I think the way my schedule has worked out is perfect.&rdquo;<br /><br />McIlroy is looking for an improved showing at Wentworth after missing the cut in the Players&rsquo; Championship at Sawgrass a fortnight ago, then finishing well down the field in last weekend&rsquo;s Irish Open. &ldquo;Golf&rsquo;s a very fickle game,&rdquo; the youngster added. &ldquo;You can come in and out of form very quickly.&rdquo;<br /><br />One player who won&rsquo;t be joining him on the West Course is last year&rsquo;s runner-up Justin Rose, who was forced to pull out of yesterday&rsquo;s pro-am tournament with a back injury.<br /><br />Champion Miguel Angel Jimenez was also a doubt after treatment on a shoulder injury but the Spaniard will be around to defend his title from a high-class field, which features eight Major winners.