Rory McIlroy is actively pursuing his vision of a unified "world tour" in golf, revealing his aspirations for a global approach to the sport amidst ongoing discussions to bridge the divide between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.
Emphasizing the need for international expansion, McIlroy advocates for a tour that explores untapped markets while ensuring the involvement of corporate entities like Saudi Arabia and corporate America. He envisions elevating events in Australia, South Africa, and Japan, underscoring the potential and quality of courses in these regions.
Expressing his stance, McIlroy highlights the significance of worthy venues and a global tour that mirrors Formula 1's worldwide schedule. He emphasizes the Australian Open and South African Open's potential to be elevated to nearly major status due to their enthusiastic market and exceptional courses.
Additionally, he champions the idea of incorporating places like Singapore, Hong Kong, and Japan, recognizing Japan's significant market potential and the allure it presents for the sport.
While acknowledging ongoing discussions between the PGA Tour, DP World Tours, and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), McIlroy distances himself from the political aspects of the sport, expressing a desire to step back from being the go-to authority figure in these matters.
He admits that the recent decision to resign from the PGA Tour's policy board has provided him with a clearer perspective and a sense of detachment from the intricacies of these discussions.
After participating in the Dubai Invitational, McIlroy is set to defend his title at the Dubai Desert Classic before commencing his 2024 PGA Tour season at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on 1 February.