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Rory McIlroy resigns from PGA Tour's policy board amid financial negotiations

Posted : 15 November 2023
Rory McIlroy has stepped down from the PGA Tour's Policy Board amid ongoing negotiations on how to secure the tour's financial future. The golfer had been a vocal critic of the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV tour and was considered a staunch PGA Tour loyalist.
However, McIlroy expressed feeling like "a sacrificial lamb" after a secret framework agreement involving the US and European tours and the Saudi Public Investment Fund was disclosed. His resignation was confirmed by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who thanked McIlroy for his dedication and commitment.
In a memo to players, Monahan acknowledged McIlroy's departure and cited the golfer's letter, stating that the decision was made due to professional and personal commitments. McIlroy, who had been on the Player Advisory Council and served as a player director on the board, played a significant role in shaping the tour's success.
Monahan highlighted McIlroy's impactful insights and voiced respect for his decision to step down during this transformative period for the tour. McIlroy had been involved in discussions about potential funding from new investment partners, a topic of great significance for the future of professional golf.
While McIlroy did not provide specific details about the reasons for his departure, the move comes amid uncertainties in the men's professional golf landscape. The ongoing negotiations to settle the game's future have been a topic of discussion, with McIlroy emphasizing the need for confidentiality until official news is released.
Masters champion Jon Rahm ruled himself out as a candidate to replace McIlroy on the board, citing the substantial time commitment required for the role. The departure of McIlroy from the Policy Board marks a notable development in the evolving landscape of professional golf governance.


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