Rory McIlroy is now planning to play at the BMW Championship in Denver in two weeks.
One of the reasons why: He'll probably already be in Denver — for football.
McIlroy told reporters after he finished up play at the Barclays on Sunday that there's a "90 percent" chance he'll play at the BMW Championship at the Cherry Hills Country Club in two weeks. He said he'll be in Denver that weekend for the Broncos' matchup at home against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1.
“I was thinking about [skipping] it, but you know what? I feel fine. I feel fresh. I have no problem playing a lot of golf. I'll see where I stand next week. but I'm 90 percent going to be in Denver for sure," McIlroy said, according to The Golf Channel.
“One of the reasons why I want to go to Denver, as well, is the Broncos play the Colts on Sunday night. So I want to go to that, as well, first game of the season,” he said with a smile. “I've heard a lot of great things about Cherry Hills. The ball obviously goes a mile there so I'm looking forward to that, like hitting 7‑irons 220 [yards].”
There's also potentially a golf-centric reason for McIlroy to play in the BMW Championship. He didn't win this weekend for the first time in four tournaments, which allowed Hunter Mahan to overtake him as No. 1 on the FedEx Cup points list.