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Rory McIlroy Admits Regret Over Role in LIV-PGA Tour Divide

Rory McIlroy Admits Regret Over Role in LIV-PGA Tour Divide

World number one Rory McIlroy expressed regret this week over how deeply involved he became in the divisive battle between the PGA Tour and upstart LIV Golf series.



McIlroy, competing at the RBC Canadian Open where he is a two-time former champion, said in a news conference that with hindsight he wishes he hadn't taken such an active role in the conflict between the two circuits.


The Northern Irishman resigned from his position on the PGA Tour's player advisory council last year but then sought to regain a spot after another player departing. That request was denied.


McIlroy was also part of a "transaction committee" involving the PGA Tour and representatives for LIV Golf's financial backers, the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund.


While still firmly behind the PGA Tour, McIlroy said he holds no resentment towards those who chose to join LIV Golf but is disappointed by the divide it has caused in men's professional golf.


The 33-year-old recently won the Wells Fargo Championship for his 26th PGA Tour victory. However, at the RBC Canadian Open where LIV Golf staged its first event in 2022, McIlroy reflected that he only wishes he hadn't immersed himself so profoundly in the LIV-PGA controversy.


Rory McIlroy at the 2024 RBC Canadian Open.


“Hopefully, we're on a path to sorting that out and getting that to come back together,’’ he said. “I mean, in hindsight, hindsight's always 20/20, but in hindsight I wish I hadn't had gotten as deeply involved as I have.”




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