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Looks like Rory McIlroy is opting out of The Players

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(Pictured: Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy wait for Ben Crane to clear a bunker at TPC Sawgrass.)

So it looks like Rory McIlroy will be joining Lee Westwood in being somewhere other than Ponte Vedra, Fla. for the Players Championship. In response to an inquiry by Westwood, McIlroy tweeted, "I've decided no holes at sawgrass is better than my usual 36!"

McIlroy has had plenty of trouble at Sawgrass; in 2009, he famously declared that it was harder live than on the Tiger Woods PGA Tour video game. And it's worth noting that McIlroy has chosen to throw in his lot with the European Tour, which has two significant events of its own, the Volvo World Match Play Championship and the BMW PGA Championship, on the schedule close to Sawgrass.

Still, PGA Tour? These Euros are making you guys look like chumps. Any response?

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