Rory McIlroy to begin 2019 by playing in Hawaii

Kapalua will be the starting point for Rory McIlroy next year, with the 29-year-old planning to play regularly on the PGA Tour.

Rory McIlroy will be part of a star-studded field at the Tournament of Champions.   -  Francois Nel/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy will kick off 2019 by playing at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

The Northern Irishman is to be part of a star-studded field at the Plantation Course at the Kapalua resort, with World No. 1 Brooks Koepka, this year's Open winner Francesco Molinari and reigning Masters champion Patrick Reed also confirmed.

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However, despite qualifying, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Tiger Woods have not committed to the winners-only tournament, which starts on January 2.

Hardly a surprise

McIlroy's participation is hardly a surprise after he revealed in November how he planned to appear more regularly on the PGA Tour next year. "I've got a couple of pure European Tour events on my schedule up to the end of August," the 29-year-old told BBC Sport last month.

"I guess my big thing is I want to play against the strongest fields week in, week out, and for the most part of the season, that is in America."

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