Rory McIlroy called it the way he saw it.
The PGA superstar said the feud between the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf Series was “out of control” and warned it could keep the sport fractured for a long time. In an interview with The Guardian, McIlroy described the atmosphere in the game as “us vs. them” and said the escalation of hostilities would likely become “irreversible.”
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“This ‘us versus them’ thing is getting out of hand,” McIlroy said. “If the two entities continue to multiply in both directions, it will simply become irreparable. We will have a cracked sport for a long time. It’s not good for anyone.”
Several former Ryder McIlroy Cup teammates, including Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia, have joined the circuit, and it is unclear if they will be allowed to appear at next year’s event.
“I think this is the first time in my life that I have felt betrayed,” added Rory McIlroy. “You build bonds with these guys through the Ryder Cups and stuff. They knew that what they were about to do would harm them from being a part of it again?
“I would like to think that the Ryder Cup means as much to them as it does to me. Maybe so. But knowing what the consequences would be, I could never make that decision. ”
McIlroy said players should try to resolve their issues with existing tours rather than switching to LIV.
“I feel like a place where they can build on their legacy and build their brand, they’ve just been left behind,” he added.
“If people feel really wronged about some things, I’d rather try to make that change from within the walls than try to come out and interfere.”
Rory McIlroy returned to world No. 1 by winning the CJ Cup in South Carolina on Sunday. The bottom line is nothing good for golf fans.
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