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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Rory McIlroy to skip Open news services

The first event of the 2014-15 PGA Tour season will be minus the No. 1 player in the world.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy will delay playing in the Open until 2015.

Rory McIlroy has notified officials that he won't compete in this year's event but plans on being part of the field next year, tournament officials said Tuesday.

The Northern Irishman has had a busy summer, winning three straight events (the Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship) and rising back up to No. 1 in the world. McIlroy also will compete as part of Team Europe in the Ryder Cup next month in Scotland.

"Fry's congratulates Rory on his victories and looks forward to him playing next year," tournament president Duke Butler said in a statement. "We are going to have an outstanding tournament this year with many well-known professionals competing at Silverado."

The Open will be held Oct. 9-12 at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. Defending champion Jimmy Walker is among the early commitments.