ESPN.com's Bob Harig reported:
McIlroy is basically required to play the tournament. Three years ago, he was among eight players who entered a non-sanctioned big-money exhibition in Turkey called the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.
The others were Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan, Webb Simpson and Matt Kuchar.
PGA Tour members are required to seek a release to play in conflicting events, but commissioner Tim Finchem did not grant it without payback. In return for allowing the players to compete in Turkey, Finchem extracted a guarantee that each of the "Turkey 8" would return to the Frys tournament at least once during the next three years .I can just hear Commissioner Finchem fielding the request to play in the Turkey money grab three years ago.
"Would you like Frys with that?"
(H/T Bernard Daily)