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Rory McIlroy shuts down LIV Golf rumors, commits to enjoying PGA Tour for the rest of profession

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Rory McIlroy on Tuesday rapidly squashed rumors of a possible blockbuster transfer to LIV Golf forward of the 2024 RBC Heritage. Talking to Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis, McIlroy denied a report that had surfaced Monday suggesting he had been provided $850 million and an fairness stake within the league, whereas he additionally dedicated to the PGA Tour for the lengthy haul. 

“I’ll play the PGA Tour for the remainder of my profession,” McIlroy stated. 

McIlroy grew to become the pseudo-spokesperson for the PGA Tour when LIV Golf first grew to become a risk greater than two years in the past. Opposing LIV Golf at each flip, the Northern Irishman has since softened his stance due largely to the June 6, 2023 announcement which revealed the 2 entities had been engaged on a deal to mix business operations. 

“I truthfully do not know the way these items get began,” McIlroy stated. “I’ve by no means been provided a quantity by LIV and I’ve by no means contemplated going to LIV. Once more, I feel I’ve made it clear over the previous two years that I do not assume it is one thing for me. It does not imply I decide individuals who have went to play over there. I feel one of many issues that I’ve realized over the previous two years is that individuals could make their very own choices for no matter they assume is greatest for themselves, and who’re we to guage them for that? However, personally for me, my future is right here on the PGA Tour and it is by no means been any totally different.”

On the Canadian Open final summer season, McIlroy lamented that he felt he was handled like a “sacrificial lamb” within the battle between the 2 leagues. The 34-year-old then resigned from the PGA Tour coverage board this previous fall and has distanced himself from the inside workings of a possible deal between the PGA Tour and the Saudi Arabian Public Funding Fund (LIV Golf’s monetary backers) whereas even eradicating himself from a bunch chat of the PGA Tour’s prime gamers.

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“No concept [where this rumor originated from],” McIlroy continued. “I feel over the past two years there have been so many rumors of fellows. I feel the one factor that I’ve realized as properly is guys have to preserve an open thoughts, and I am certain there’s been gamers who’re nonetheless enjoying on the PGA Tour which have talked to the fellows from LIV and had provides and no matter. However, yeah, I don’t know. It is by no means even been a dialog for us, and it is simply a kind of issues that is unlucky that we’ve got to take care of and that is the state that our sport’s in. I’m clearly right here to right this moment, and I am enjoying this PGA Tour occasion subsequent week and I’ll play the PGA Tour for the remainder of my profession.”  

The PGA Tour and the Saudi Arabian PIF’s management met final month in The Bahamas for what was an introductory dialog between PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan and members of the PGA Tour coverage board. PGA Tour commissioner and PGA Tour Enterprises CEO Jay Monahan instructed the membership that the assembly was “constructive.”

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