Rory McIlroy: I totally understand the players who want to compete in the LIV Golf

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Rory McIlroy: I totally understand the players who want to compete in the LIV Golf

Rory McIlroy commented on the decision of some players not to play in the PGA but to play in the LIV Golf International Series. "If you're getting to the latter end of your career, and you've got no guarantee of playing on the PGA Tour next year - it's hard to keep your card out here - and all of a sudden people are giving you the guarantee for the next three or four years of somewhere to play, to make some money, to basically have a job, I completely understand that," McIlroy said for Sky Sports News.

"Yes, people are going to have an issue with who is financing it and all that kind of stuff, but at the end of the day they [Saudis] are in a lot of things and unfortunately, whatever way you want to think of it, it's the way of the world and that's not going to change.

"They've got a lot of money, they're going to be in a lot of things and that's just way it is. I certainly don't want to stand in the way of anyone from making more money. "The like of some of those you're talking about, Ryder Cup teammates of mine, I understand where they're coming from and I certainly won't speak an ill word about them because they're friends of mine and they have to do what's right for them."

McIlroy on LIV Golf

Rory McIlroy has once again confirmed that he does not want to play in such a competition. "I think at the start it [the decision not to play] was a moral one. This [a breakaway series] has been floating around for the last seven or eight years.

Now, at this point, it's just so toxic to talk about that for me, it's more of a self-preservation thing. I don't need to get involved and I'm not going to get involved.