PGA: TOUR Championship - Final round

Aug 25, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; Rory McIlroy plays a shot from a bunker on the 18th hole during the final round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy will maintain his European Tour membership after reaching an agreement with the circuit's chief executive officer.

McIlroy, a native of Northern Ireland, had been unsure as to whether he would play on the tour in 2020 because of other commitments. But he said on Wednesday while preparing for the tour's BMW PGA Championship in Surrey, England, that CEO Keith Pelley made it easy for him to keep his membership.

"The rule was that you have to play an extra two events if you don't play your home open," said McIlroy, who didn't play in this year's Irish Open, per the Golf Channel. "Pelley and I sat down and I said, 'Keith, I can't possibly do that.'"

Instead, the golfer said, Pelley told him he could meet the requirements if he played in three Rolex Series events.

McIlroy, 30, played in the Scottish Open and this week's BMW PGA Championship, which are both Rolex Series events, and intends to compete in Dubai in November.

--Field Level Media

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