Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood are Europe Ryder Cup teammates
Rory McIlroy says that European players who chose not to travel to the United States for the restart of the PGA Tour last week should not complain about losing points in the world rankings.
The Charles Schwab Colonial in Texas marked the return of professional golf.
The official World Golf Ranking decided to freeze the ranking system with the resumption of the PGA Tour.
"I mean, if you really care about your career and care about moving forward, you have to be here," said McIlroy.
Participants in the European Tour, which has been suspended since March, cannot
Players on that tour must wait for the British Masters on July 22 before they can return to the tournament game.
Northern Irishman McIlroy, competing against this week at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, said he had little sympathy for the European-based players.
Among the high-profile golfers who chose not to head to the United States in the meantime are McIlroy & # 39; s Ryder Cup teammates Tommy Fleetwood, who slipped out of the top 10 this week, and Francesco Molinari.
"Look, personally, if I was in their shoes and asked to come across the United States and shelter or quarantine for two weeks before these tournaments I would have done that," said McIlroy, 31.
"I understand there are different variables and families and stuff, but we all have the means to rent a really nice house in a gated community in Florida and … you know, it's not a difficult one time to quarantine for two weeks. "
Lessons for the future
World number one McIlroy started three shots last week in the last round, but a four-over- par 74 to slip out of the fray and finish in a tie for 32nd place.
"Obviously disappointing not to get a good shot on Sunday, but it was fine," said McIlroy at Harbor Town Golf Links, a course he hasn't taken part in since 2009.
"I've learned quite a bit from it, and hopefully I can put those lessons into practice this week."
McIlroy fell out of battle on the last day of the colonial event
. It was the third time in four Sundays that he had an over-par round in the fight, but McIlroy is not too concerned with the exit this week.
The fourfold winner added: "I played well last week. It was a good indicator to see where I was, what I had to practice and what I had to do in the coming weeks.
"It's not like I necessarily got bad scores on Sunday. I made some bad starts in some of the last groups, but I could still come back and shoot scores in the 60's. So no, I'm not worried about anything. "