Rory McIlroy remains committed to the PGA Tour but understands the players’ decision to join the LIV Golf Series | golf news

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Rory McIlroy says he can understand why some players are leaving to join the LIV Golf Series, but he insists he is happy to play on the PGA Tour and would not consider leaving.

Rory McIlroy says he can understand why some players are leaving to join the LIV Golf Series, but he insists he is happy to play on the PGA Tour and would not consider leaving.

Rory McIlroy has reaffirmed his commitment to the PGA Tour and warned of the dangers of just chasing money ahead of the start of the LIV Golf Series on Thursday.

The Northern Irishman was speaking after Bryson DeChambeau confirmed he will play in the second event of the Saudi-backed series, which begins in Portland later this month.

Patrick Reed and Ricky Fowler are also reportedly set to join the likes of Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood, who play in the inaugural tournament at Centurion Club.

Ian Poulter says playing in the LIV Golf Series should not be seen as controversial, describing it as

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Ian Poulter says playing in the LIV Golf Series shouldn’t be seen as controversial, calling it a ‘fantastic opportunity’

Ian Poulter says playing in the LIV Golf Series shouldn’t be seen as controversial, calling it a ‘fantastic opportunity’

McIlroy respects their decision but will continue to play on the PGA Tour and has no intention of joining the LIV Golf Series.

McIlroy said in his press conference ahead of this week’s Canadian Open, that he was the “champion’s holders” after winning the last start of the tournament in 2019.

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“I certainly understand men who have gone and understand their goals and ambitions in their lives, and I certainly don’t implore anyone to go.

“It’s their life. It’s their decision. They can live the way they want to, but for me, I want to play on the PGA Tour against the best players in the world.”

Bryson DeChambeau will play his second LIV Golf Series event in the US at the end of June

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Bryson DeChambeau will play his second LIV Golf Series event in the US at the end of June

Bryson DeChambeau will play his second LIV Golf Series event in the US at the end of June

“I was talking to a few people yesterday and one of the comments was any decision you make in your life just for money doesn’t end up in the right way.

“Money is obviously a crucial factor in a lot of things in this world, but if it’s only for money, it never seems to go the way you want it to, and I’ve had that twice before in life.

“There are other things that are part of it as well, but it’s a strange period in pro golf. I said it a couple of weeks ago we’re just going to have to see how this season goes and if anything else the guys decided to go in a direction other than the scheduled rounds, look what it is. consequences.

“For me now, I can only speak in person. It’s not something I ever imagine doing and I’m happy to play on the PGA Tour. I have a good schedule, but I can choose for myself. I can spend a lot of the time I spent at home with my family, if I wanted to.” I prioritize majors and there is nothing about my schedule, my life, my earnings, or anything that I can change.”

McIlroy against the Ryder Cup ban

McIlroy believes that players participating in the LIV Golf Series should not be considered ineligible to play in Europe or play a future captain in the Ryder Cup.

Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell have all starred in Europe against the United States in the past and have been selected for future captain roles.

“Yeah, I still think they should still [represent Europe],” He said.

Graeme McDowell says the LIV tour isn't designed to split, and hopes that

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Graeme McDowell says the LIV Tour is not designed to split, hopes “we can all work together” and that inclusion won’t affect participation in the Ryder Cup

Graeme McDowell says the LIV Tour is not designed to split, hopes “we can all work together” and that inclusion won’t affect participation in the Ryder Cup

“They were part of the Ryder Cup. Look back at Poulter’s history in the Ryder Cup. It would be a shame for him not to be involved in the progression, whether it was vice captain or captain or for the last time in ability to play.

“Same with G Mac and a lot of these guys. I don’t know. It’s hard because like you said they play in defiance for the tour and whatever else happens. I just think everyone needs to go into a room and find out everything.”

“I feel like the professional game has been going on a nice trajectory where everything is more coherent and now it’s more divided again and I don’t think that’s a good thing.”

Thomas: The best place to play the PGA Tour, but everyone has a say

Recently crowned PGA Tour champion Justin Thomas insisted he had no ill feelings towards the players who decided to compete on the LIV Tour, despite reiterating that the PGA Tour remains golf’s best platform.

“I think a lot of us are, I don’t know if being upset or being overwhelmed is the right way to go, it’s just one of those things,” he said. “I’ve thought a lot about it like, ‘People get to choose as they like, I don’t hate DJ (Dustin Johnson)’ now, I don’t think he’s a bad guy, I wouldn’t treat him differently, he gets to choose as he pleases and I think the day and age we live in now Very negative.

Twice Main Champion Justin Thomas expresses disappointment with those who have turned their backs on the PGA Tour but acknowledges their freedom of choice to do so

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Twice Main Champion Justin Thomas expresses disappointment with those who have turned their backs on the PGA Tour but acknowledges their freedom of choice to do so

Twice Main Champion Justin Thomas expresses disappointment with those who have turned their backs on the PGA Tour but acknowledges their freedom of choice to do so

“You see it in everything, sports, politics, whatever, if you don’t get along with someone, you only feel entitled to hate them and speak badly of them when everyone has the right to have their own opinions.

“It doesn’t make you a bad person. I’m disappointed and wish he and the others didn’t, but that’s their decision. Men can do whatever they like, if they want to go, they can go, if they want to stay they can stay.”

“Selfishly, I think the PGA Tour is the best place to play in the world and the decision is up to them. I hope it’s not too far from the great storylines and stuff going on, on a tour that’s been around for a long time.”

Coultart: Other players’ heads may be turned

Sky Sports commentator and analyst Andrew Coultart believes that the money on offer in the LIV Golf Series is likely to entice other players from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, especially if they see some of the lower ranked players win big cash.

He said, “They don’t say it at these press conferences but it’s just about the money. Huge sums are being offered to these individuals right in front of them and we clearly see how impossible it is to refuse.”

“I think we might have had the names in place before this point. It was very naive to think what has been talked about in the last 12 months, some of these players are not going to take their eyes towards this series.

Sky Sports' Andrew Coultart thinks it won't be long before the heads of the big players are turned as they see the lower ranked players make big money on the LIV round of golf.

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Sky Sports’ Andrew Coultart thinks it won’t be long before the heads of the big players are turned as they see the lower ranked players make big money on the LIV round of golf.

Sky Sports’ Andrew Coultart thinks it won’t be long before the heads of the big players are turned as they see the lower ranked players make big money on the LIV round of golf.

“From my point of view, I’m not surprised. I thought there would be a little more group movement, rather than one or two players putting their head over the barrier, and now some other players have joined in.

“Let’s not forget you’re talking about a £20m prize fund – the winner will get £4m. Once the other players start to see some other spotlight that maybe less of that streak and they make those big sums of money, they too On looking at it and saying, ‘Maybe I’m missing this opportunity,’ and then they have to make that moral obligation, and the moral decision, for themselves about whether to jump aboard or whether to stay and play their own rounds.”

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