Surprisingly, he doesn't think the two are connected.
And he has never felt more at ease.
The PGA has been played in nine different months since its 1916 inception and has been the last major of the season from 1959 through this year except for a one-off move in 1971. "And if it doesn't go well, then so what?"
The Northern Irishman is yet to win this year and hasn't added to his four Majors since 2014 but showed at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational at the weekend, where he could not buy a putt yet still finished in a tie for fifth, that he is extremely close. He has finished outside the top 10 only once in seven appearances in that event, when he missed the cut. The U.S. Open will follow in June and the Open Championship is now the anchor event in July. I'm going to play my game. I feel like I'm hitting good shots with it. "After that, you shouldn't care".
The final major of the 2016-17 season is upon us, and it should be a great one. He fell behind early at the British Open. That's something that, with our peer organisations in the game - the PGA Tour, the USGA, the R&A, and the European Tour - everyone has to share in the burden of what the schedule is going to look like in an Olympic year.
"Sounds like decent value", McIlroy joked with reporters. I really enjoy some of the courses we've been to in a PGA Championship. Those changes, as reported by the Associated Press on Monday, are meant to help the Tour have a more clearly defined season that ends before football gets into full swing and to reflect golf's return to the Olympics, which would have forced the PGA Championship to move up its date every four years.
McIlroy, my highest-priced player, and Zach Johnson, my lowest-priced player, should be my two highest owned players.
He also said the rough would not be particularly long, which should give players a chance at recovery shots, while making for some guesswork as to how hot the ball will come out.
Thousands of trees have been removed to both reshape the course and allow more sunlight onto the new greens, whilst some may have been taken out to allow grandstands as well.
This week's venue has undergone a number of changes since hosting last year's Wells Fargo Championship, with McIlroy - a two-time victor at the course- looking forward to the new tests. But McIlroy ruptured his ankle ligaments and could not make St Andrew's - one of two major venues he believes is tailor made for him. Length: 7,600 yards. Par: 35-36-71.
Martin Kaymer had a similar situation in 2015, when he failed to qualify for the post-season and managed just 13 starts to lose his Tour status, which he has not regained.