Prior to the start of the LIV Golf Series on Thursday, Rory McIlroy has reiterated his commitment to the PGA Tour and warned of the perils of following only money.
Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler are also said to be joining Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and Lee Westwood in the Centurion Club’s debut tournament.
The Northern Irishman was speaking after Bryson DeChambeau announced his participation in the second round of the Saudi-backed series, which begins later this month in Portland.
McIlroy respects their decision but will continue to play on the PGA Tour and has no intention of joining the LIV Golf Series.
“I certainly understand the guys that went and understand what their goals and their ambitions are in their life, and I’m certainly not knocking anyone for going.
“I think my stance on it has been pretty clear from the start. It’s not something that I want to participate in,” said McIlroy at his press conference ahead of this week’s Canadian Open, where he is the ‘defending champion’ after winning the last staging of the tournament back in 2019.
“It is their life. It is their decision. They can live it the way they want to, but, for me, I want to play on the PGA Tour against the best players in the world.
“I was speaking to a few people yesterday and one of the comments was any decision that you make in your life that is purely for money usually doesn’t end up going the right way.
“Obviously, money is a deciding factor in a lot of things in this world but if it is purely for money, it never seems to go the way you want it to, and I’ve had that before a couple of times before in my life. “There are other things that are a part of it too, but it is a weird time in professional golf. I said it a couple of weeks ago, we are just going to have to see how this season plays out, and if any other guys do decide to go another direction than the established tours, see what the consequences are.
“For me right now, I can only speak personally. It is not something I envisage ever doing and I’m happy playing on the PGA Tour. I have a nice schedule, but I can pick for myself. I can spend a lot of time at home with my family if I want to, prioritise the majors and there is nothing about my schedule or my life or my earnings or anything that I would change.” McIlroy against Ryder Cup bans
McIlroy believes players taking part in the LIV Golf Series should not be deemed ineligible to play for Europe or take a future captaincy role in the Ryder Cup.
Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell have all starred for Europe against the United States in the past and have been tipped for future captaincy roles. “Yes, I still think they still should be able to [represent Europe],” he said.
“I feel like the professional game was on a nice trajectory where everything was becoming more cohesive and now it’s becoming more fractured again and I don’t think that’s a good thing.” Thomas: PGA Tour best place to play, but everybody entitled to opinion
Recently-crowned PGA champion Justin Thomas has insisted he has no bad feelings towards players who have decided to compete on the LIV Tour, though reaffirmed his belief the PGA Tour remains golf’s best platform.
“Same with G Mac and a lot of these guys. I don’t know. It’s hard because as you said they’re playing in defiance of the tour and whatever else is going on. I just think everyone needs to get in a room and figure it all out. “They’ve been such a part of the Ryder Cup. Look at the history Poulter has at the Ryder Cup. It would be such a shame for him not to be involved going forward, whether that’s as a vice-captain or a captain or one last time in a playing capacity.
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