"We've already reduced the number of events players have to play on the European Tour from five down to four, just to make it easy for the guys, like Rory, who are playing a worldwide schedule".
With McIlroy's star-power backing, the Irish Open was elevated to become one of the eight mega-bucks Rolex Series events.
This event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, has been held since 2009 each year at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
That has pushed the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, to September and McIlroy warned that he might not be the only high-profile name to make the move.
What I can say for me is that it's been a great season and however it goes this week, I'm still going to have lots of great memories from all of what I've done this year, and probably the best memory is what we've done together with him in France. But McIlroy is skipping them and is likely not to return to competitive golf until either the Pebble Beach Pro-Am or Genesis Open.More news: China Military Shows Off New Stealth Fighter Jet Missiles to Stunned Onlookers
"I am going to try and play the week before Majors as three of my four Major wins have been by playing the week before". In Torrey Pines, I played great the first two days, I was in the final group but I didn't play great on the weekend.
McIlroy made his Irish Open debut as a then amateur in 2005 and has contested the event ever year since 2008.
McIlroy, who needs to play four European Tour tournaments outside the majors and World Golf Championship events to be a Tour member, now only has two on his schedule and could even miss the Irish Open, an event he has hosted for the last four years.
He'll then take five-weeks off, and missing the European Tour's "Desert Swing" also for a first time in his career, ahead of teeing-up on February 14 starting with the Tiger Woods hosted Genesis Open in L.A. 'Everything is going to be so condensed between March and August, and that is why I am taking a big off season to get myself ready.
But here's another wrinkle, thanks to a new rule that was enacted in January: "Players can not be a European Ryder Cup captain or vice captain if they decline membership of the European Tour or fail to fulfill their minimum event obligation in any season".More news: Judge tells all sides of Florida recount to 'ramp down rhetoric'
Still, there is time once the PGA Tour season ends in August if McIlroy so chooses, including the South African event he played last week and the Dubai tournament in July. 'I guess my thing is that I want to play against the strongest fields week in and week out, and for the most part of the season that is in America, ' he added.
"If I want to continue to contend in the Majors and to continue to contend in the Majors, and to continue my journey back towards the top of the game, then that's what I want to do".
"And it's a big shift but I think it's good for a lot of reasons".
"It's a very good thing that we'll be teeing off on Thursday together and that we both have a chance to win the Race to Dubai", he said. "So, I think that will work out well".More news: Monica Lewinsky thinks Bill Clinton ‘should want to apologize’