Rory McIlroy is without a tournament win in 2017

Rory McIlroy believes “discussions have taken place” about the PGA Tour merging with the European Tour and that it is “counter-productive” for them to compete as they currently do.

McIlroy, 28, says the US-based circuit could buy its European rival, which could run key events in the continent.

“The World Tour – it’s going to happen one day and I think it has to,” said the world number eight.

“I think everyone has to come together. I don’t see any other way.”

“To have all these tours competing against each other, and having to change dates, it’s counter-productive,” added the Northern Irishman, who claimed the FedEx Cup title last year.

McIlroy was speaking on the ‘No Laying Up’