McIlroy won the last of his four majors in 2014
Rory McIlroy will not allow a rule that prevents him from becoming a future Ryder Cup captain, influences his plans for the European Tour next season. leave.
The Northern Irishman this week told BBC Sport that he would only play two events on his home circuit in 2019.
Sacrificing his membership of the European Tour, under current regulations, would make him the chance to lead his continent in a future Ryder Cup.
When asked if that would be of influence, he said: "It is 20 years later."
McIlroy's plans to leave the Tour and miss the Irish Open of next year, have been questioned by former skipper Paul McGinley and are a big hit for the European Tour. The four times biggest champion is their biggest name.
But he insists that he wants to do what he thinks is best for his game and believes that those interests are best served by relying on the PGA Tour in the United States.
The 29-year-old confirmed that last week he met European leader Keith Pelley in South Africa and informed him of his plans.
"Everyone has to look out for themselves and next year I'll look out for me," McIlroy said. "At the same time I do not have to make a decision about it, I did not say it was a definite point, it is in the air, I do not have to make a decision until May, see how it goes."
McIlroy has indicated that he will play the Scottish Open next year instead of the Irish Open a week earlier. This has brought the Irish game to despair and McGinley expressed his concern in a column for Sky Sports.
"It is very disappointing," said the victorious Ryder Cup captain of 2014. "I have confused my brain and wondered how that could be.
" It is clear that Rory sees it in other ways and has its own reasons for it, although I find it difficult to understand it, "added McGinley, who will succeed McIlroy as the tournament guest of the Irish Open at the next year's event in Lahinch.
McIlroy did not repent of McGinley's remarks: "Once again, everyone looks out for himself," he said
"McGinley is aboard the European Tour. He is involved and he has to protect what he has, and I get it.
"Again, look, everyone has to do what is best for them, and for me next year, I try to do what is best for me to help return to the best player in the world and again to win majors
"I would cause all the excitement of the world when I go back to winning majors."
European Tour players must play at least four events on the circuit outside the majors and the World Golf Championships McIlroy says he will be part of the Tour again by 2020 to make sure he qualifies to play the next Ryder Cup in Whistling Straits