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Golf news: Rory McIlroy on PGA plans; Woods to sit out AT&T National

PGA not in McIlroy's plans

U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy is not a member of the PGA Tour, and he won't be a member next year either. The PGA has a rule that members must play at least 15 tournaments, and McIlroy decided that would be too much time away from Europe. As a nonmember, he is limited to 10 tournaments each year. McIlroy's agent, Chubby Chandler, told the Irish Times: "He'll play more (in 2011), but he won't play (the obligatory) 15 though. I think that's too difficult."

Meanwhile, McIlroy, 22, told Sky Sports TV he's ready to handle increased expectations: "I expect big things from myself, but as long as I can keep the commitment and dedication and put the hard work in, I don't see why there's any reason not to handle it okay."

Celebrating Babe

The 100th birthday celebration of the Babe Zaharias Golf Course in Tampa is Saturday. There are two four-person best-ball tournaments scheduled, one at 9 a.m. and one at 2 p.m. There will be food and entertainment all day. For information, call (813) 631-4374.

Woods out of AT&T, mum on British

Tiger Woods will not play in the AT&T National next week outside Philadelphia as he recovers from injuries to his left leg. "Doctor's orders," Woods posted on Twitter. He said he would be at Aronomink Golf Club to support the event, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundations. Woods has not completed a tournament since he tied for fourth at the Masters. He said he hurt his left knee and Achilles hitting a shot from an awkward stance. Woods did not mention whether he planned to play the British Open, which starts July 14.

Local tournament

The St. Paul United Methodist men's tournament will be held Saturday at East Bay Country Club in Largo. It is a four-person best-ball scramble with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Cost is $75 per person. For information, contact John Hamilton at (727) 531-5061 or e-mail john.hamilton@baycare.org.

Seve's foundation surpasses $1M

More than $1 million has been donated to the Seve Ballesteros Foundation after a series of fundraising activities at Wentworth in honor of the late Spanish golfer. A pro-am last month featuring a field of 24 leading golfers was held at the European Tour's headquarters in England, while there also was an auction and donations from the public. The European tour says the money will go to Ballesteros' foundation in partnership with Cancer Research UK. Ballesteros died May 7 from brain cancer.

This week on tour

PGA: Travelers Championship; TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn. TV: Today-Friday, 3 p.m. Golf Channel; Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m. Ch. 10.

LPGA: LPGA Championship; see information at right.

Champions: Dick's Sporting Goods Open; En-Joie Golf Course, Endicott, N.Y. TV: Friday, 6:30 p.m. Golf Channel; Saturday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Golf Channel.

European: BMW International Open; Munich Nord-Eichenried Golf Club, Germany. TV: Today-Friday, 9 a.m. Golf Channel; Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m. Golf Channel.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer; Times wires

Golf news: Rory McIlroy on PGA plans; Woods to sit out AT&T National 06/22/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 8:17pm]

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