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Rory McIlroy offers surprising new stance on LIV Golf

Rory McIlroy on the course

May 30, 2019; Dublin, OH, USA; Rory McIlroy looks on during the first round of the 2019 Memorial golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy has been one of the most vocal critics of LIV Golf since the Saudi-backed league was formed, but he now believes the PGA Tour should sit down at the negotiation table with its new rival.

McIlroy told reporters ahead of the DP World Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship on Wednesday that he hates the way “golf is ripping itself apart.” The four-time major champion thinks representatives from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf need to start working together in the near future.

“I don’t want a fractured game, McIlroy said, via Bob Harig of Sports Illustrated. “The game of golf is ripping itself apart and that’s no good for anyone. It’s not good for the guys on the traditional system or the guys on the other side either.

“Right now, with where everything is, it’s probably not the right time but we probably can’t leave it too much longer. I’m all for getting around the table and sorting things out.”

McIlroy acknowledged that it would be difficult for the two sides to work together given that several LIV players are currently suing the PGA Tour. However, he feels LIV golfers should be eligible for the Official World Golf Ranking as long as LIV meets certain criteria.

“If Dustin Johnson is somehow 100th in the world it’s not an accurate reflection of where he is in the game,” McIlroy said. “But at the same time, you can’t make up your own rules. There’s criteria there, everyone knows what they are and if they want to pivot to meet the criteria they can.”

LIV Golf has a unique format that involves 54-hole events, teams and small fields featuring 48 golfers. That structure makes it difficult to determine how LIV golfers would fit into the OWGR. If LIV is not accepted into the OWGR, its players will eventually have a difficult time qualifying for majors.

If you heard what McIlroy said about LIV Golf a few months ago, you can see how drastically his tune has changed. He obviously has accepted that LIV is a real threat to the PGA Tour and is not going anywhere.

Greg Norman slams hypocritical Rory McIlroy, PGA Tour

Greg Norman looking ahead

June 10, 2022; St. Albans, UK; LIV golf chief executive Greg Norman looks on during the second round of the inaugural LIV golf invitational golf tournament at the Centurion Club. Mandatory Credit: Paul Childs-Action Images/Reuters via USA TODAY Sports

Greg Norman had quite a response for Rory McIlroy and the PGA Tour, accusing them of behaving hypocritically with their responses to golfers who defect for LIV.

Norman is the CEO of LIV Golf, the upstart golf league that began its first year of play in 2022. LIV has attracted numerous current and former stars, like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Cam Smith and Bryson DeChambeau. Top golfers have been approached by LIV and offered large sums of money to join the league. Some have accepted the offers, while others have declined.

McIlroy has been the most vocal defendent of the PGA Tour, criticizing some of his colleagues for leaving.

Norman joined Talk TV show “Piers Morgan Uncensored” and said McIlroy was displaying hypocrisy when criticizing players for leaving for LIV. In Norman’s estimation, McIlroy made a similar career move when he left the European Tour to join the more lucrative PGA Tour in the first place.

“Well, my message is, Rory, you’re an independent contractor,” Norman told Piers Morgan. “You have the right to make your decision. Remember, Rory started on the European tour. Then Rory decided to leave the European tour to go play where all the money is, where I went to play, to the PGA Tour.”

McIlroy has taken personal shots at Norman amid their rivalry, so things have been heated between them.

Norman told Morgan that players didn’t have any options in the past, but now they do.

“Don’t begrudge the other players for making a decision, that is a rightful decision under their independent contractual rights, to go and do it. It’s just a shame that people have taken this stance, when you look back over a period of time, they’ve pretty much done the same thing themselves,” Norman said.

Norman also responded to those who criticize people associated with LIV because the league is funded by the Saudi Arabian government.

“The hypocrisy coming out of this is so deafening it’s ridiculous,” he added. “The PGA Tour has title sponsors that have a great relationship, a working relationship, for a commercial opportunity with the Saudi Government, with PIF [Saudi Public Investment Fund].”

Norman believes the PGA Tour’s focus on the Saudi-backed aspect of LIV is a cover for their real issue: that LIV Golf is threatening the PGA Tour’s monopoly. LIV Golf has actually joined an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour where they will attempt to make that argument.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy served subpoenas over players-only meeting

Tiger Woods stands with a club

Dec 19, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; Tiger Woods with a smile while waiting on the third tee box during the final round of the PNC Championship golf tournament at Grande Lakes Orlando Course. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

The legal battle between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf is likely to continue for months and even years, and Tiger Woods is one of the people at the center of the latest chapter.

Larry Klayman, a lawyer representing the lead plaintiff in a case against the PGA Tour, announced in a press release on Thursday that Woods, Rory McIlroy and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan have been subpoenaed over the players-only meeting that was held in Delaware last week. The statement says it is “believed that discussions occurred which are alleged in the above complaint to be anticompetitive and violative of the antitrust laws vis a vis the LIV Golf Tour and its players.”

“This is not a personal ‘thing’ against Woods, McIlroy and Monahan,” Klayman said in the release, via Matt Cradock of Golf Monthly. “It’s about getting information about what occurred at the players’ meeting and generally with regard to allegations in our complaint that the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and their commissioners Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley, are allegedly colluding in restraint of trade and the antitrust laws to harm the LIV Golf Tour and its players.”

The PGA Tour announced on Wednesday that it will be making sweeping changes for the 2022-23 season. Many of them will give players a chance to earn far more money.

Klayman said those changes are meant “to emulate LIV Golf, while continuing to allegedly harm LIV and its players.”

The PGA Tour already scored one victory in its ongoing legal war with LIV.

Greg Norman had epic response to Rory McIlroy’s PGA Tour wins jab

Greg Norman looking ahead

June 10, 2022; St. Albans, UK; LIV golf chief executive Greg Norman looks on during the second round of the inaugural LIV golf invitational golf tournament at the Centurion Club. Mandatory Credit: Paul Childs-Action Images/Reuters via USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy secured his 21st career PGA Tour win during June’s RBC Canadian Open, and he took the opportunity to take a shot at Greg Norman. Norman returned fire on McIlroy just over a month later.

McIlroy shot 19-under for the win, which moved him out of a four-way tie for 35th on the all-time Tour wins list. One of the golfers with whom he was tied with was Norman.

McIlroy appeared to point out that he had moved past Norman during his post-event interview with CBS’ Amanda Balionis.

Norman, the CEO of LIV Golf, issued a strong retort to McIlroy’s apparent shot in an Australian Golf Digest interview published on July 27.

“I take it as a compliment that he wanted to beat my 20 PGA Tour wins,” Norman said. “His next goal should be to win more than 91 tournaments globally or to maintain No.1 in the world for more than 331 weeks.”

During his career, Norman had a total of 127 victories, including 57 in international competition. McIlroy has 30 career wins and eight international victories. His reign as the top golfer in the world lasted for 106 weeks compared to Norman’s 331, the second-most all-time behind Tiger Woods.

McIlroy has been outspoken in his support for the Tour, and equally as willing to attack those who have defected to the Saudi-backed league.

Despite any attacks, Norman has been successful in luring away big-time names from the Tour, including Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and reportedly this year’s Open Championship winner.

Radio call of Rory McIlroy’s eagle is awesome

Rory McIlroy bunker shot

Rory McIlroy was responsible for one of the shots of the tournament on Saturday at The Open Championship, and the shot was made even better by one of the broadcast calls.

McIlroy managed to chip in from a bunker on the 10th hole at St. Andrews during third round play Saturday. The unlikely shot pushed McIlroy into a tie for the lead at -15 for the tournament.

Perhaps the best depiction of the shot came from The Open’s in-house radio broadcast, where commentator Matt Southgate, a European Tour pro in his own right, went absolutely nuts.

The shot tied McIlroy for the lead with Viktor Hovland, who eagled with an unlikely shot of his own during play Friday. As long as the standards remain this high, both players should be near the top of the field all the way to the finish.

Rory McIlroy has 1 word to describe Open Championship

Rory McIlroy on the course

May 30, 2019; Dublin, OH, USA; Rory McIlroy looks on during the first round of the 2019 Memorial golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy had one word to describe this year’s Open Championship at St. Andrews.

The four-time major champion shot a 6-under 66 to finish second after the first round of this year’s event. After his round, he described this year’s major as “fiddly.”

What’s interesting is that McIlroy says fiddly courses have always been tough for him, yet he played so well in the first round. McIlroy had seven birdies and a bogey to finish 6-under. He enters the second round two shots behind Cameron Young, who leads the field at 8-under.

McIlroy’s only win at The Open Championship came in 2014 at Royal Liverpool, which wasn’t quite as “fiddly.” He’s looking to win his fifth career major and first since 2014.

Rory McIlroy had scathing comment about LIV Golf

Rory McIlroy on the course

May 30, 2019; Dublin, OH, USA; Rory McIlroy looks on during the first round of the 2019 Memorial golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy is apparently far from done when it comes to expressing his displeasure with LIV Golf.

McIlroy partook in an interview with CBS’ Kyle Porter on Saturday that will be released later this week ahead of the 150th British Open. Porter did share a preview of the interview that drew attention.

Porter asked McIlroy to clarify his previous comments on the Saudi-backed league. The golfer continued to be one of the league’s most outspoken critics.

“There’s no room in the golf world for LIV Golf,” McIlroy said. “I don’t agree with what LIV is doing. If LIV went away tomorrow I’d be super happy.”

The 33-year-old’s comments aren’t necessarily surprising given that he’s expressed his disdain over the upstart league before. McIlroy, who has stated his commitment to the PGA Tour, called out Brooks Koepka and other LIV defectors for going back on their Tour commitments and joining the new league.

McIlroy also took the time after his recent RBC Canadian Open win to take a shot at LIV CEO Greg Norman, who was uninvited from this week’s British Open celebration as the rift between the two golf leagues grows.

LIV has been making it difficult for McIlroy’s wishes about LIV to come true. The league has already lured away major champions, including Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, with large amounts of money. More golfers are likely to follow.

H/T USA Today

Rory McIlroy criticizes Brooks Koepka, other LIV Golf defectors

Rory McIlroy on the course

May 30, 2019; Dublin, OH, USA; Rory McIlroy looks on during the first round of the 2019 Memorial golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Numerous PGA Tour members have recently left the Tour to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf league, and Rory McIlroy had some harsh words for those defectors.

Speaking Wednesday to reporters prior to the start of the Traveler’s Championship on Thursday, McIlroy called out Brooks Koepka and others for going back on their Tour commitments.

“Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he said previously,” McIlroy said regarding Koepka, via ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. “I think that’s why I’m surprised at a lot of these guys — because they say one thing and then they do another … I don’t understand that, and I don’t know if that’s for legal reasons or if they can’t — I have no idea. But it’s pretty duplicitous on their part to say one thing and then do another thing.”

Koepka officially left for LIV Golf on Monday and will play in the league’s first event in the United States next week. Prior to last week’s U.S. Open, Koepka ripped the media over their LIV Golf questions amid rumors that he could leave the Tour.

McIlroy has been outspoken against LIV Golf from the start. After winning the RBC Canadian Open earlier in June, he took a shot at LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman.

But with the money that LIV is offering players, Koepka could be the first of many golfers to jump ship.

Rory McIlroy loses his cool after terrible break at US Open

Rory McIlroy hits a shot at the US Open

The US Open is known for being the most challenging event in golf, and Rory McIlroy got an unfriendly reminder of that during the first round on Thursday.

McIlroy caught a terrible break with his tee shot on the 5th hole at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. The ball ended up in some long fescue just at the end of a bunker. McIlroy tried to pop it on the green, but he ended up advancing it about 20 feet into another bunker. He was not happy.

Though he slammed his club twice, McIlroy was able to quickly regain his composure. He put his third shot on the green about 12 feet from the hole and made a huge par save.

McIlroy will not be the only golfer to lose his cool at the US Open. The USGA intentionally sets courses up to be extremely difficult for the event, which is why we have seen players have even worse temper tantrums in the past.

Rory McIlroy’s US Open spikes have hilarious local flare

Rory McIlroy on the course

May 30, 2019; Dublin, OH, USA; Rory McIlroy looks on during the first round of the 2019 Memorial golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

The US Open is being held in Massachusetts this year for the first time in over 30 years, and Rory McIlroy has found a subtle way to pay tribute to the local fans.

McIlroy wore some hilarious custom spikes during his practice round at The Country Club in Brookline on Tuesday. The underside of the red and white shoes featured a Nike swoosh that looked like a crustacean and the word “LOBSTAH.”

If you couldn’t figure out what Rory was going for just by the design, the spelling of the word “lobster” probably gave it away. That, of course, is a reference to the famous Boston-area accent. Lobster is also one of the most well known local New England delicacies.

McIlroy will likely hear plenty of cheers from the Brookline crowd, even if he is poking fun at the locals. Those who are against the LIV Golf series will love what the four-time major champion had to say after his big win on Sunday.