Rory McIlroy Says Those Playing in the LIV Tour Should be Banned on other Tours

Rory McIlroy Says Those Playing in the LIV Tour Should be Banned on other Tours

Rory McIlroy has said that the players who play in the LIV Tour should not be allowed to play in the other tours.

This comes after English player Ian Poulter was allowed to play in the upcoming Scottish Open.

Poulter was one of the players who was banned by the DP World Tour from joining the series for joining the LIV Tour.

“I think at this stage, if you go over and play on a different tour, then go over and play on a different tour,” said McIlroy.

“You’re sort of basically leaving all your peers behind to go make more money, which is fine. But just go over there. Don’t try and come back and play over here again.”

“This whole having your cake and eating it type thing is what the resentment [stems from] within the [PGA and DP World Tour] membership.”

His comments have echoed the sentiments of American player Billy Horschel who earlier launched an attack on the LIV players calling them, hypocrites and liars.

Poulter was among the players who have been suspended by both the PGA and the DP World Tour for joining the LIV Tour.

McIlroy has stated that he understands that money is the motivation for the players.

Some of the names who have been suspended for joining the LIV Tour include Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Dustin Johnson.

McIlroy said, “I understand why guys have went.

“Especially the guys who are in the latter stages of their career, and if I was in their position I’d seriously have to think about doing the same thing, like I understand.

“It’s the younger guys to me that it’s hard to understand because I feel like they’re losing a few years of their competitive career for monetary reasons.

“Again, that’s totally fine and justifiable if that’s what your goals and ambitions are, but that’s just different to what I would do.”

Much of the headlines surrounding the LIV tour have to do with the huge sums of money that are up for grabs.

“I understand people’s reservations with everything but at the same time if these people are serious about investing billions of dollars into golf, I think ultimately that’s a good thing but it has to be done in the right way,” McIlroy continued.

“If they were to invest, have it be invested inside of the existing structures and I think that’s the thing I’ve tried to advocate for in these last few months.

“I think at this point if people are wanting to spend that much money in the game of golf that’s wonderful.

“I just wish that we could have got to a point where they were spending that money with the existing structure that has existed for many decades within golf instead of being this big disruptor.”

McIlory is currently playing in Ireland for the JP McManus Pro-Am.

Maree cartujano
Sports Pundit staff writer
Sports writer and editor....

Comment on This Article

Reply to