Former world number one Rory McIlroy has confirmed his entry in the 2019 opener at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the BBC report.

The 29-year-old, who is set to focus more on the PGA Tour in the new year, had qualified for the season opener on six occasions in the past, but has never taken part.

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The four-time Major winner is set to feature more on the PGA Tour and feature less on the European Tour in 2019 in a bid to add to his major crowns.

McIlroy had begun his playing year during the European Tour’s series of tournaments in the Middle East in recent seasons, however, that will change in 2019.

The Northern Irishman will be playing alongside a plethora of talent in Hawaii, including world number one Brooks Koepka and 2013 winner Dustin Johnson.

Englishman Paul Casey is set to compete at the event for the first time since 2010, while European Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari will also take part.

American Tiger Woods has decide not to compete, informing tournament officials on Friday over his decision to spend more time with his family.