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Rory McIlroy softens stance on LIV Golf, advocates for players' return to PGA Tour

Posted : 31 January 2024

Rory McIlroy has altered his stance on the LIV Golf series, expressing a more lenient view on players returning to the PGA Tour after participating in the Saudi-backed league. The four-time major champion, previously critical of players joining LIV Golf, now believes they shouldn't face punishment for returning to the PGA Tour.


McIlroy emphasizes the importance of choices in life and suggests that penalizing individuals for their decisions is challenging. He acknowledges the impact of having a diminished PGA Tour or LIV Tour and advocates for a scenario where players can freely move between tours without repercussions.


In his recent statement, the 34-year-old Northern Irishman highlights the need to avoid detrimental effects on both the PGA Tour and LIV Tour. McIlroy acknowledges his change of perspective and stresses the difficulty of punishing individuals for making choices regarding their golfing careers.


He supports the idea that if players have eligibility on the PGA Tour and wish to return, they should be allowed to do so. McIlroy's evolved viewpoint comes as more high-profile golfers, like Ryder Cup winner Tyrrell Hatton, sign up for LIV Golf, with Hatton set to make his debut in the upcoming season-opening event in Mexico.


McIlroy reveals that he had a conversation with Hatton, understanding the Englishman's decision to join LIV Golf. Hatton's reported £50 million deal with LIV Golf is significantly higher than his earnings on the PGA Tour. McIlroy expresses his understanding of players pursuing lucrative opportunities and acknowledges the financial impact it can have on their lives.


Earlier in January, McIlroy hinted at the possibility of participating in a LIV Golf-backed tournament, signaling a softened stance and prompting discussions between the PGA Tour and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund for a potential merger.


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