Rory McIlroy to make debut at Sentry Tournament of Champions
By Sky Sports Golf
Last Updated: 12/09/18 10:20am
Rory McIlroy will make his earliest-ever start to his golfing year by making his debut at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January.
The Northern Irishman will kick off 2019 by making his tournament debut at the winners-only event in Hawaii, held in Maui from January 3-6.
McIlroy has bypassed the event on the six previous occasions he was eligible to play, most recently last year, but will tee it up at Kapalua for the first time.
"It's a meaningful tournament to qualify for, because you have to win to get in, and winning is not easy on the PGA Tour," McIlroy said in a release.
"I can't wait to get out to Maui in January to experience the Plantation Course and everything the island has to offer."
McIlroy secured his invite to the event for winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, with 30 players currently eligible to play after winning on the PGA Tour in 2018.
Each winner on the PGA Tour through to the RSM Classic in November will qualify for the no-cut event, where Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson are among the list of recent champions.
Watch the Sentry Tournament of Champions live from January 3-6 on Sky Sports Golf.