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Rory McIlroy drops reality bomb about prior PGA Tour, LIV Golf stance

This week’s RBC Canadian Open represents a full-circle second for the PGA Tour.

Final yr, on Jun. 6, 2023, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and Saudi Public Funding Fund (PIF) Governor Yasir al-Rumayyan shockingly introduced that that they had struck a framework settlement, signaling an finish to the divide between LIV Golf and the tour.

That bombshell announcement got here on the Tuesday earlier than the 2023 RBC Canadian Open, beautiful gamers to their core.

The next day, Rory McIlroy, the defending champion on the time, admitted to feeling like a “sacrificial lamb.” For greater than a yr, McIlroy supported the PGA Tour’s trigger whereas disparaging every little thing about LIV Golf. He even admitted to ‘hating’ LIV. However tour brass went behind his again—and everybody else’s—and struck a cope with LIV’s beneficiary, the PIF.

Quick-forward to Wednesday, 51 weeks after that jaw-dropping improvement, and McIlroy mirrored upon his prior dedication to the tour.

“I feel, in hindsight, I want I hadn’t gotten concerned,” McIlroy revealed Wednesday.

“My entire factor is I’m simply disenchanted to what it’s executed to, to not the sport of golf, the sport of golf can be nice, however males’s skilled golf and this form of divide we’ve on the minute.”

The sport stays cut up, because the PGA Tour and the PIF have but to strike a proper settlement. Maybe they by no means will, however both means, a number of main champions compete on completely different excursions, depriving the product on each side.

Rory McIlroy, PGA Tour, RBC Canadian Open

Rory McIlroy reacts to a putt through the closing spherical of the 2023 RBC Canadian Open.
Photograph by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Pictures

Figuring out this, McIlroy, who desires to compete on a world tour with each prime participant, has modified his stance on LIV Golf in earlier months.

He echoed these sentiments once more Wednesday.

“I’ve mentioned that I definitely maintain no grudge; I maintain no resentment over the fellows that selected to go and play on LIV,” McIlroy added.

“Everybody’s received their very own selections to make, and everybody has the fitting to make these selections,” McIlroy added.

The perfect gamers on the earth compete side-by-side solely 4 instances per yr at every of the key championships.

Look no additional than this yr’s PGA Championship, which produced loads of memorable fireworks, with LIV Golf’s Bryson DeChambeau offering tons of power and drama. Followers appeared to embrace DeChambeau greater than ever earlier than, too, a stark distinction from when he performed on the PGA Tour.

However, McIlroy hopes golf followers will see DeChambeau—and different LIV Golfers—compete alongside PGA Tour gamers extra usually than the 4 majors. Many golf followers really feel that means, too.

However his admission Wednesday additionally reveals that McIlroy is really sick and uninterested in the divide, the drama, the back-and-forth, and the circus this saga has created.

“Hindsight’s all the time 20/20, however in hindsight, I want I hadn’t gotten as deeply concerned as I’ve,” McIlroy reaffirmed.

“Hopefully, we’re on a path to sorting all of it out and getting [everyone] to return again collectively.”

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Enjoying By means of. Be sure you take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You may comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as properly.



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