Rory McIlroy is calling on world tours to sit down with LIV to resolve golf’s ‘chaotic’ situation


Rory McIlroy admits the world’s major tours made mistakes in their battle with LIV Golf but admits all parties may need to sit down to resolve a “chaotic” situation.

Yes it’s unfortunate it’s messy, I wish it hadn’t gotten so messy and with hindsight I think steps were probably left out that wouldn’t have made it so messy,” McIlroy told BBC Sport NI at the JP McManus per bin.

“But I said that back in the very beginning in 2020, I think in the long run it’s going to make the game better because I think it’s going to force the tours to adapt and change and make the product better, and maybe focus on the fan engagement side of things and maybe focus on some things they’ve neglected over the years.

“I think in the long term it’s going to settle like everything else and I think ultimately it’s going to make the game and professional golf a better place.

“But right now that disruption is just happening and with disruption comes change and forced change and I think that’s forced the hands of the tours a little bit and they have to adapt and change and they have to try and do that.”

With the PGA TOUR indefinitely suspending the Rebels and the DP World Tour being forced to suspend its ban on players like Ian Poulter and others playing at this week’s Scottish Open, McIlroy says there is a dialogue between all parties got to.

“I think so,” he said. “I think this has to happen. Look there’s so much talk about where the money comes from and Saudi and everything else, look they sponsor so many other things and they’re all over the sport.

“Aramco is a big sponsor of Formula 1, the Aramco Ladies Series in golf, which has been really good for the ladies in terms of big prize money and stuff, so I understand people’s reservations about everything.

“But at the same time, I think it’s a good thing if these people are serious about investing billions of dollars in golf.

“But it has to be done right and I think if they were going to invest they would have to invest in the structures that are in place.

“And I think that’s what I’ve been campaigning for these past few months. I think if people want to spend that kind of money on golf at this point, that’s wonderful, I just wish we could have spent that kind of money on the structure that has existed in gulf for many decades, rather than being a huge disruptive factor .

“But at the end of the day, like I said, it will sort itself out and everyone has to turn around and change and try to adapt and get better and hopefully we get to that stage.

“But right now it’s kind of chaotic and the whole narrative isn’t good, it divides the game up instead of everyone coming together and I think everyone needs to try to come together a little bit more.”

Referring to negative comments about ” defectors ” on social media, including death threats to Graeme McDowell, he said: “I think defectors is a strong word. I understand why guys have left, especially the guys who are in the latter stages of their careers and if I were in their place I would have to seriously consider doing the same.

“It’s the younger guys for me that I have a hard time understanding because they lose years of their competitive careers for financial reasons. We all make decisions for different purposes. That’s fine. It’s different than what I would do.

“Is there resentment? I’ve played on Ryder Cup teams with these guys. Are there disagreements? Yes. There are disagreements and I would have done things differently.

“I think if you’re playing on another tour at this point, go and play on another tour. I think having and eating your cake is the grudge that resides in membership.

“Because there are only 48 players on this tour, not everyone will get the opportunity to go and play. You leave all your co-workers behind to make money, which is fine.

“Just go there, don’t try to come back and play here again. That’s the hard part, and that’s where the resentment comes from. For me, I don’t get angry with anyone. These guys are my friends regardless of the decisions they make.” Rory McIlroy is calling on world tours to sit down with LIV to resolve golf’s ‘chaotic’ situation

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