Rory McIlroy will not be taking part in this Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm Castle, with the player confirming that he intends to remain in the United States for the forseeable future.

The Irish Open takes place from 24-27 September, a week after the US Open at Winged Foot and McIlroy, speaking ahead of the Northern Trust at TPC Boston, the first FedEx Cup play-off event, said that he would not be "travelling internationally for a while". 

The 2016 winner added: "I'm playing four of the next five weeks with that last week being a major championship.

"It might be different if there could be fans there and stuff, but it’s behind closed doors and it’s not an Irish Open like we’re used to it being the last few years with obviously big prize funds and everything.

"But not even that, (it’s) just the fact that I just want to spend time at home and not travel too much the next few months."

Defending Irish Open champion Jon Rahm is another player who most likely will not be at the Co Antrim venue in late September.

The Spaniard told reporters in advance of this weekend's Stateside action: "Right now, I just don't see myself going to Europe. It's rough flying public, and having to have a mask on for 10-plus hours just doesn't sound very good to me. It doesn't sound healthy at all, so I don't know what I'm going to be doing."