McIlroy also intends to play the next two PGA tournaments, the Heritage in SC on June 18-21 and the Travelers Championship on June 25-28 at TPC River Highlands near Hartford, Connecticut - all without spectators.
"This is an important element to our return to golf and an important element to protecting the health and safety of our players and caddies and those that are traveling week to week, and so it's something that we're committed to investing in". Exhausted of playing the same old courses?
"We're excited about how the PGA Tour can play a role here in the world's return, if you will, to enjoying things we love and doing so in a responsible manner", says Tyler Dennis, PGA Tour Senior Vice President & Chief of Operations.
The PGA Tour suspended play in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"This isn't a players versus the tour scenario; it comes across as everyone is in this together".
"I'm planning to play the first three events; Colonial, Hilton Head [RBC Heritage] and the Travelers and see the place we go from there".
If we're all still being forced to quarantine in three months, at least we'll have a new golf video game to play. "But we just try to do our best to try and get this across to the four players for our match, for them to be thinking about how they conduct themselves on the golf course".
PGA TOUR 2K21 is designed for players of all skill levels.
As detailed and cautious as the plan may be, Dennis reiterated that the Tour will not play if it can not do so in a safe and healthy environment.
There are two editions of PGA Tour 2K21 - the Standard and Digital Deluxe Editions. I really do think it's possible, " McIlroy said. Players would be asked to stay at hotels the tour has consulted with and considered safe, and they would encouraged to order takeout or room service rather than eating at restaurants.
A positive test for a player or multiple players will not necessarily cause the event to be stopped. In addition to no spectators on-site for at least the first four events, there will be no pro-ams or sponsor value programs.
"But no, at the end of the day, we all love to compete, so I think that's why you're seeing a lot of guys are going to be playing the first few events as soon as they can".
A pre-travel testing programme will also be used to detect whether they had previously had coronavirus before they travel to a PGA Tour event.
Along with $4 million or more for COVID-19 relief efforts, this is as much about how golf will look when it returns for real. "But we also know that the precautions that we're taking ... our medical advisers are telling us that maintaining social distancing, asking people questions, going through thermal screens are going to significantly minimize risk of exposure, not to mention all the disinfecting procedures that we're going to be implementing".