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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan suggested earlier this month that any kind of truce with the rival circuit LIV Golf apparently “off the table” with an antitrust lawsuit filed against him in August, but Rory McIlroy warned Wednesday that the current state of affairs in the world of golf “is falling apart right now.”
The defending FedEx Cup champion, who has been one of the most outspoken against those who have defected to LIV, made it clear this week that he believes both sides should “try to work together” but added that now is “not the right time” due to the current climate between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour.
“I’ve always said that I think there’s a time and a place where everyone involved here needs to sit down and try to work together,” McIlroy told reporters. via Golf.com. “It’s very difficult for that to happen right now when there are two lawsuits going on.”
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“I don’t want a fractured game. I never have. You look at other sports and what happened and the game of golf is falling apart right now,” he continued. “And that’s not good for anybody. It’s not good for the guys on, you know, this side or the traditional kind of system and it’s not good for the guys on the other side either. It’s not good for anybody.”
“There’s a time and a place for it. I just think right now, where everything is, it’s probably not the right time.”
With some of the biggest names in golf making the leap to the Saudi-backed tour, McIlroy also said he is not opposed to LIV receive Official World Golf Ranking status to accurately reflect the game’s top competitors, but said there are certain “criteria” that must be met.
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“Certainly I don’t have a problem with them getting ranking points. But you just have to meet the criteria, and if you don’t meet the criteria it’s going to be hard to justify why you should have them.”
McIlroy’s comments come as LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman took aim at the PGA Tour and his defenders, whom he says have behaved hypocritically.
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“You have the right to make your decision. Remember, Rory started out on the European tour. Then Rory decided to leave the European tour to go play where all the money is, where I went to play, the PGA Tour,” Norman said. during an appearance on “Piers Morgan Uncensored”.
“I don’t envy the other players for making a decision, that’s a legitimate decision under their independent contractual rights, to go and do it. It’s a shame people have taken this stance, when you look back over a period of time.” They pretty much did the same thing.”
Norman also pointed to the “major sponsors” the Tour has that also have ties to the Saudi government.