One of LIV Golf’s biggest critics thinks it’s time for the PGA Tour and the controversial Saudi-backed circuit to sit down and talk as golf is ‘tearing itself apart’.
“The ball in [LIV’s] court.”
The four-time main winner, who is ranked second in the world, acknowledged that there are many challenges, including Antitrust lawsuit of LIV and a handful of its players against the PGA Tour, along with another legal decision involving LIV players and the DP World Tour expected early next year. But he also said the two sides need to find a solution now that the game has become completely divided.
“I have always said there is a time and place where everyone needs to sit down and work together,” McIlroy said at Dunhill Links. “It’s very difficult to do that now with the cases still in the courts. There’s a normal timetable to let things settle down a bit. People can go to those meetings with a cooler head.”
“If they want to come to the table and try to play well inside the sandbox that has already been created, the opportunity is there.”
Part of the problem with LIV is that its events Does not provide global ranking pointswhich is one of the main ways for players to earn spots in the four major golf tournaments if they are not otherwise qualified.
McIlroy said Wednesday that players from LIV deserve points. It’s also not against them competing in the majors, though he added that LIV “makes its own rules”.
However, the LIV’s approval process to allow its tournaments to submit ranking points, is not a quick one. It can take months, if not longer.
The PGA Tour and DP World Tour, for now, have also shown little interest in sitting down with LIV to form a truce.
“I don’t want a broken game,” McIlroy said. “Golf tears itself apart, and that’s not good for anyone. This is not good for players in the traditional system or players on the other side either.
“Right now, with everything in place, it probably isn’t the time but we probably can’t leave it on for longer than necessary. I’m all for wrapping around the table and sorting things out.”
Meanwhile, don’t expect Greg Norman, CEO and CEO of McIlroy and LIV Golf, to be exchanging Christmas cards anytime soon.
The flowery Aussie couldn’t help himself when it came to digging into anyone who opposed LIV – and McIlroy was his runner’s latest target.
“Well, my message is, Rory, you are an independent contractor,” Norman He told Piers Morgan. “You have the right to make up your mind. Remember Rory started his European Tour. Then Rory decided to leave the European Tour to go play where all the money, where you went to play, is to the PGA Tour.
“Don’t envy the other players for making the decision, it’s a right decision under their independent contractual rights, to go and do it.” It’s such a shame that people take this attitude, when you look back over a period of time, they did pretty much the same thing.”
In reality, though, McIlroy, a member of both the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, was particularly critical of players like Brooks Koepka saying one thing, then doing another and dropping out of LIV. He also said previously that he does not hold a grudge towards those who have already left.
“I don’t envy anyone going to play LIV or taking guaranteed money,” McIlroy said in August. “If that’s your business and what you want to do, that’s totally fine. I think the source of the resentment, with this tour membership, is the fact that they want to try to come back here without consequences, and anyone who reads the PGA Tour handbook or adheres to the rules and regulations, that would To make them feel very wronged.”
This is not the first war of words between the two stars.
When McIlroy won the Canadian Open in June for his 21st career victory on the PGA Tour—more wins than Norman had in his career in the Hall of Fame—he had the Unveiled on the Australian dollar In his interview after the tour.
“This is a day I will remember for a long time,” McIlroy said. “He won the 21st PGA Tour. One more than someone else. That gave me a little extra motivation today.”
Now Norman accuses McIlroy and Waltor of being hypocrites.
“The hypocrisy resulting from this is so deafening that it is absurd,” Norman said. “The PGA Tour has title sponsors who have a great relationship, a business relationship, a business opportunity with the Saudi government, with the Public Investment Fund. [Saudi Public Investment Fund]. “
Elsewhere, it is reported that LIV About to sign a broadcast deal with Fox Sportss, according to Golfweek, to televise its tournaments on FS1. While networks typically pay for the rights to broadcast league events, the opposite appears to be true here, as LIV appears ready to make its way on the air. So far, her tournaments have only been broadcast online.