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Published: 11:41 | 25/4/16

McIlroy to miss Bridgestone Invitational

Rory McIlroy will miss the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational this summer in order to play in the 100th Open de France.

McIlroy had been expected to miss the French event as it will take place the same weeks as the Bridgestone Invitational, which has been brought forward by a month to make room for the Rio Olympics in the calendar.

However, the four-time major winner has opted to travel to Le Golf National, the host venue for the 2018 Ryder Cup - because he believes it will provide the best preparation for the Open at Royal Troon.

"I feel that playing in the 100th Open de France at Le Golf National will be the best way to get ready for The Open, which is just two weeks after the French Open," McIlroy told the European Tour's official website.

"Le Golf National might not be a pure links course, but it is traditionally firm and fast and can throw up some tricky conditions during the French Open. It’s a great test of golf and I think playing there, as well as staying in Europe, will offer the best conditions to prepare for The Open at Troon.

"It will also be great to be part of the centennial edition of the French Open, which is one of the best events on the European Tour.

"I am sure there will be a special atmosphere at the tournament this year, so I’m looking forward to hopefully being a very big part of it."

The Bridgestone Invitational is no longer sanctioned by the European Tour and will not count towards The Race to Dubai or the Ryder Cup.

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