March 8, 2024

Rory McIlroy admits final LIV Golf decision after hints of PGA Tour exit | Golf | Sport

Rory McIlroy has now firmly shut down any rumours of him leaving the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf, despite swirling talk that he was ready to accept any potential offers. The Northern Irish ace had previously hinted at possibly joining the Saudi Arabia-backed breakaway tour last month.

Despite being a strong critic of LIV since its launch in 2022, which saw several top stars leave the PGA Tour, McIlroy’s recent comments seemed considerably softened towards the Greg Norman-led league.

However, on Thursday, McIlroy made it clear that he has no intention of leaving the PGA Tour, highlighting the value he places on the tour’s history and prestige, which spans over a century.

“It’s not for me, I am too much of a traditionalist,” McIlroy told ESPN. “I love winning golf tournaments and looking at the trophy and seeing Sam Sneyd won this trophy, or Ben Hogan, or Gene Sarazen, or Jack Nicklaus, or Gary Player, or Tiger Woods, or Nick Faldo, or whoever it is. The people that came before me. That to me is a big deal in our game.”

This confirmation follows his press conference at the Cognizant Classic last week, where he responded to comments from his former agent, Chubby Chandler, who suggested that his former client might join LIV, reports the Mirror.

In his chat with journalists at PGA National, McIlroy said, “You never know, he might know a few things.”

Discussing the 10% chance that Chandler gave him of joining LIV, McIlroy hinted: “Maybe somewhere in the middle. Who knows.”

However, McIlroy’s latest words seem to sink any rumours about moving to LIV; yet, he is still keen on top world players facing off more regularly. Top golfers from PGA Tour and LIV have only faced off at a handful of DP World Tour events and the majors, and McIlroy believes this should change.

He added his thoughts, saying, “If we were to all put our heads together and be like ‘What can we all do to come back together and move forward and be a little more cohesive’, then I would sort of be for that’.”

These comments follow McIlroy’s suggestion that those who left the PGA Tour for LIV should be welcomed back without any trouble, which upset some of his PGA Tour fellows.

McIlroy has also suggested adding a new series of tournaments to the calendar, similar to football’s Champions League, where the best players from each tour have a chance to qualify.


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