Rory McIlroy is worried about the future of golf.
Ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, the Irishman commented that he is worried that golf is ripping itself apart as a result of the feuding between the PGA Tour and the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series.
“I don’t want a fractured game,” McIlroy said. “I never have. You look at some other sports and what’s happened, and the game of golf is ripping itself apart right now.
“It’s no good for the guys on, you know, this side or the sort of traditional system, and it’s no good for the guys on the other side, either. It’s no good for anyone.
There is a time and a place for it. I just think right now, with where everything is, it’s probably not the right time. But saying that, I dont think we can let it go too much longer.
McIlroy has been one of the strongest supporters of the PGA Tour and has been vocal against the LIV Golf Series ever since it started in early 2022.
Alongside Tiger Woods, he was even part of the players meeting held several weeks ago in order to discuss LIV Golf and the future of the PGA.
The PGA has gone to suspend many of its players who have switched over to LIV Golf. As a result, the banned players have brought up a lawsuit against the PGA.
Since its inception, LIV Golf has lured some of golfs biggest players, mostly with the help of big prize pots. Some of the big names playing on the series include Phil Mickelson. It is also rumored that Tiger Woods receive and refused an offer.
Many players now are looking for ways to have the two coexist, but the PGA Tour commissioner doesnt seem ready for that.
I think words and actions are important, Monahan said this week.
I think its impractical [to work with LIV Golf] when you look at the fact that certain players have sued the PGA Tour, their employer has sued the PGA Tour.
Its not in the cards. It hasnt been in the cards and its not in the cards. I think weve been pretty consistent on that front.