Yes for Americans, no for Europeans. This is a summary of what Rory McIlroy said regarding the participation of LIV Golf players in the next Ryder Cup. The Northern Irishman considers that Brooks Koepka should be on the trip to Italy.
Rory McIlroy, statements
“He deserves to be on the American team with the way he played,” said the four-time Major winner. He is second in the American rankings by participating in only two tournaments. I don't think anyone else from LIV could make the team by point standings or based on his game.
But Brooks is definitely a guy who deserves to be there. » Rory McIlroy, world number 3, does not think the same of European players on the Saudi circuit. He still categorically refuses their participation in these biennial meetings.
"I have different feelings about the European team and how it all went," he continued. And, yeah, I don't think any of those guys should be in Team Europe. » After Henrik Stenson lost his captaincy by joining LIV (replaced by Luke Donald), McIlroy's position is not the opposite of the mainstream in Europe.
It should also be noted that McIlroy and Koepka are on good terms, despite playing on opposite circuits. They thus shared nine holes at the Augusta National Golf Club before the Masters. The one with six Ryder Cup appearances is gearing up to take part in a boosted event this week on the PGA Tour, the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.
One more event in an ultra-busy schedule, completely out of step with the 14 LIV tournaments in 2023. The petrodollar-funded circuit is taking a one-month break, leaving its players qualified for the US Open to focus on the preparations for the third Major of the year at the Los Angeles Country Club.
After the PGA Championship, where several LIV Golf players showed their advantage, Phil Mickelson wrote on Twitter: "Love the LIV or hate it, it's the best way to give your best in the Majors. There are enough events to keep you sharp, fresh and fit, without being exhausted from too many tournaments or obligations.
14 LIV tournaments, 34 weeks of preparation for the 4 Major tournaments. It is a fact. » Rory McIlroy is not ready to accept this argument and he pointed out that, although there are many events on the PGA Tour, no one is forced to play them all.
“Nobody is forcing someone to play 25 events on the PGA Tour. The minimum is 15, so you can play 15 and play your four Major championships, and you're done. You're at 19. So I think that's an argument that doesn't hold water.
» Jon Rahm was also questioned on this subject. "What else is he going to say? reacted the Basque. He will obviously defend his point of view and that is completely normal. There are many ways to prepare for a Major tournament. »
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