Rory McIlroy ‘disappointed’ by golfers U-turning to join LIV Golf Invitational Series
‘The players who stay on the PGA Tour feel somehow belittled’: Rory McIlroy says he is ‘disappointed’ by players like Phil Mickelson and Co leaving for the rebellious LIV Golf Invitational Series after initially having indicated that they would not do that
- The LIV Golf Invitational Series held its inaugural event in St. Albans last week
- Bryson DeChambeau is the latest high-profile name to join the rebellious Saudi tour
- Many of the rebellious golfers initially committed their future to the PGA Tour
Rory McIlroy has expressed disappointment at the players who made a U-turn to compete in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series as he admitted being the PGA Tour banner was a “burden” he was without. could.
McIlroy believed the proposed Rebel circuit was “dead in the water” after Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau tied their futures on the PGA Tour in the wake of Phil Mickelson’s explosive comments about the Tour and Saudi Arabia that were announced in February. published.
In an interview with the author of a recently published biography, Mickelson admitted that he was fully aware of Saudi Arabia’s “terrible human rights record,” including the murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, but he used the threat of an escape to “be reformed.” ‘ how the Tour works.
LIV Golf chief executive Greg Norman said the organization’s entire 14-event competition was set to kick off until Mickelson’s comments cost him several sponsors and led some players to withdraw, with eight 25-events instead. million US dollars this year.
Mickelson and Johnson were among the first to field at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire last week, with DeChambeau announcing that he had joined LIV Golf on the second round.
“I think I have overlooked the statements of many players. I think that’s what I did wrong,” McIlroy said at Brookline ahead of the 122nd US Open.
“You had people committed to the PGA Tour, and those were the statements that were made. People came back to that.
‘It’s disappointing. The players who remain on the PGA Tour feel belittled in some way. If those guys (who left) were to think outside of themselves, they’d see that this isn’t best for everyone.
Rory McIlroy has expressed disappointment at those who have turned to join LIV Golf
Bryson DeChambeau (left) and Dustin Johnson committed their future to the PGA Tour before recently making a turnaround to join the rebel-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series
“My father said to me a long time ago, once you’ve made your bed, you’re in it, and they’ve made their bed. That’s their decision, and they have to live with it.’
When asked specifically if he’d lost respect for six-time major winner Mickelson, whose win in the US PGA Championship last year made him the oldest major champion ever, McIlroy said, “As a golfer? No.
He won a major championship 13 months ago, probably one of the pinnacles of his career and one of the most impressive achievements in the history of golf. As a golfer, I have the utmost respect for Phil.
“I’m disappointed with how he’s handled what he’s done, but I think he’s come back and showed some remorse for how he’s handled some things, so I think he’s learned from that.”
McIlroy and Justin Thomas have emerged as the PGA Tour’s staunchest supporters and a day after the 54-hole LIV event came to a disappointing end, they battled out the RBC Canadian Open in a thrilling finish, with McIlroy eventually claiming his title. defended in front of a rowdy crowd.
It was the 21st PGA Tour win of McIlroy’s career – one more than Norman – and prompted McIlroy to take a swipe at the Australian, who he admitted to Brookline that he was “a little petty”.
But the four-time major winner feels he has a duty to speak out on a topic that he says is “breaking up the game more than it already is.”
“It’s certainly a burden I don’t need, but I have a strong opinion about it,” McIlroy said. “I think I’m giving the thought process for a different vision that is shared by many people.
“The PGA Tour was created by people and tour players who came before us – like Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer…
“They’ve created something and worked hard for something, and I hate to see all the players who have gone before us and all the hard work they’ve put in pay off.
“Legacy, reputation… in the end that’s all you’ve got. You strip everything away, and you’re left with how you made people feel and what people thought of you. That’s important to me.
“The hustle and bustle in Canada, LIV will never have that, the sense that it means something. What they’re doing there isn’t worth anything, except raising a lot of money.’