Rory McIlroy excludes himself from the proposed Premier Golf League that would compete with PGA Tour
The more I have thought about it, the more I don’t like it “: Rory McIlroy closes off the proposed Premier Golf League that would compete with PGA Tour and have a £ 180 million prize fund
- Premier Golf League has proposed a season with 18 events and a £ 183 million prize money
- New tournament has had a setback in which Rory McIlroy withdrew
- Northern Irish insisted that he want to maintain the autonomy of his career
Rory McIlroy has put a fatal blow to the proposed Premier Golf League by excluding himself from participating in a separate circuit.
According to the proposals outlined by the World Golf Group in January, 48 players would compete in a season with 18 events and offer a total prize fund of £ 183 million.
The tournaments would be 54 holes instead of the traditional 72 and there would be an individual and team league format, with the weekly individual winner claiming USD 2 million £ 1.5 million from the £ 7.5 million scholarship.
Rory McIlroy has withdrawn the newly proposed Premier Golf League due to planned objections
To have any chance of success, the PGL players as world number one should have McIlroy and Tiger Woods.
McIlroy is not only excluded, but also believes that Woods would not be interested in playing so many events.
“The more I have thought about it, the more I don’t like it,” McIlroy told reporters in a press conference prior to the WGC-Mexico championship.
“The only thing I appreciate in my position as a professional golfer is the fact that I have autonomy and freedom over everything I do.
‘This (week) is a perfect example. Some boys made the choice this week not to come to Mexico. If you are going to play in this other golf competition, you do not have that choice.
“I recently read something that said if you take the money, they can tell you what to do, so if you don’t take the money, they can’t tell you what to do.
“I think that’s my thing – I was never one who was told what to do and I like to have that autonomy and freedom about my career and I think I would give up by going to this other competition to play. I’m ahead of me. “
McIlroy acknowledges that he may have to change his attitude if he is the only player against the competition, but believes that the opinion is currently “very divided” between the game’s star names.
“My position is that I am against it until a day can come when I cannot be against it,” added the four-fold big winner. ‘If everyone goes differently, I may not have a choice, but at the moment I don’t like what they represent.
“Tiger is 44, he has two young children. He said openly last week that he wants to play 12 times a year, this competition represents 18, so he won’t do it. “
McIlroy also believes that American star Tiger Wooods will choose the 18-event competition
The concept of a ‘World Golf Tour’ has been around for more than 20 years, with former number one Greg Norman revealing his plans in 1994, but not getting a grip on it.
“I would like to be on the good side of history with this one, just as Arnold (Palmer) was with the entire Greg Norman thing in the 90s,” McIlroy added.
‘Money is cheap, money is the easy part. It should not be the driving factor. For some people it is that and we are professional golfers and we play golf to earn a living, but in the end I appreciate my freedom and my autonomy over everything else.
“I value many other things over money, and that’s my point of view on this.”