PGA Tour pro Lanto Griffin discussed Rory McIlroy's departure from the Policy Board, emphasizing the need for a new player to step in. Commissioner Jay Monahan cited McIlroy's focus on family and game for his sudden exit. McIlroy's early departure leaves a gap in the Board, requiring the remaining Player Directors to choose his replacement among Cantlay, Hoffman, Malnati, Simpson, and Woods.
Griffin believes that Rory McIlroy was the right man for such a position. McIlroy is one of the most popular golfers whose voice really has a price. The leaders of the PGA Tour knew this very well.
“Rory was great because he was approachable by everybody, but at the same time he was bought by the Tour.
The head of the board has the same sponsors as the Tour and the Players, there’s influence there – I’m talking Workday, I can’t remember all of them, Golfpass. The guy who’s running the board is being paid by all the title sponsors, it’s a little sketchy to me”.
- he said, as quoted by golfmonthly.com
Lanto Griffin on Rory McIlroy
Lanto Griffin had only words of praise for Rory McIlroy who has always used his time in the right way and was ready to help golfers. From day one of LIV Golf's creation, Rory has been an ambassador for the PGA Tour and has strongly opposed the emergence of LIV Golf.
Having such an advocate is a great thing. "There are certain guys out here among the top players who won’t give you the time of day and then there are guys like Rory who will. I talked to him for about 30 minutes at Players and then again in Canada, which is really nice of him, and he listens.
There are some guys out here who wouldn’t do it. Justin Thomas wouldn’t do it. Collin Morikawa wouldn’t. I feel like there is an elitist group. Rory feels like he can listen in and understand where we’re coming from, too."