With the Ryder Cup in the background, which is worrying in the European ranks, the BMW PGA, Europe's second major tournament after the British Open, kicks off on Thursday at Wenworth. The outskirts of London used to be a traditional meeting place and construction site.
New ideas were contributed, hope was transmitted in a circuit, then European Tour and DP World Tour, which had the accounts strangled three out of four years - it was saved when the Ryder Cup -, now the storms have arrived.
Rory McIlory, statements
The irruption of the LIV has created an absolute and internal schism among European players that has reached its peak at the BMW PGA. While Jon Rahm, without leaving an inch of his position in favor of the PGA Tour, tempers bagpipes and defends that perhaps there should be a different treatment for players who have made history on the European Tour "such as Sergio, Poulter and Westwood", McIlroy has radicalized.
The world number 3, the main reference on the continent at the moment, and recent winner of the PGA Tour already warned two weeks ago that he was going to "find it difficult to live with the LIV Tour players" and when he arrived at the tournament it was clear .
In addition to acknowledging that he has distanced himself a lot from all of them, he gave his opinion about those three players who "are not the future of the Ryder Cup. We should be talking about others like Hojgaards, McIntyre..."
and he did not hesitate to random blood with the rebels. It was even more ironic when he spoke to all of them about the chances of winning the big European tournament. "I will try to win the tournament no matter what. They will be quite tired on Sunday; it will be the fourth day," alluding to the fact that only 54-hole tournaments are played at the LIV.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the ring, Sergio García was also alluded to by Keith Pelley, the general director of the DP World Tour, although he did not mention his name when he refuted the Borriol golfer's statements in which he said that this circuit was on its way to become the "fifth in the world"
"It is incredible that he says that. Even if it were money that measured quality, the PGA Tour would be the first. And we would be the third, after the LIV. We generated twice as much as any of the rest," he said, providing figures.
He also disputed Westwood's claim that they were subjugated to the PGA Tour. "Can you guys stop talking nonsense?" Pelley intoned.