Rory McIlroy: "Ryder Cup must be changed"

Jon Rahm's choice to move to LIV Golf has started new negotiations between the PGA Tour and PIF, which have brought to attention a thorny topic

by Andrea Gussoni
Rory McIlroy: "Ryder Cup must be changed"
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Jon Rahm's choice to move to LIV Golf has started new negotiations between the PGA Tour and PIF, which have brought to attention a thorny topic: the participation of Europeans in the Ryder Cup, currently off-limits for players who sign with LIV Golf.

During a recent interview with SkySports, the Northern Irish champion Rory McIlroy expressed his disappointment at not being able to compete with Rahm on a weekly basis, but also his respect for the choice made by his teammate.

However, McIlroy also dropped a bombshell, stating that Jon Rahm "has to be at Bethpage in 2025" and that the DP World Tour must rewrite the rules of Ryder Cup eligibility without a shadow of a doubt. His strong opinion is that Rahm should be in the next Ryder Cup team and the fact that he hasn't resigned from the DP World Tour could make that easier.

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The feedback we got from the last words that Rory spoke towards the LIV players (“They will miss being here more than they will miss us”) is certainly a positive sign. This is because it demonstrates his deep attachment to Team Europe and his radical change of direction.

His current vision of him goes beyond the Ryder Cup, in fact he hopes, like many others, for the signing of the definitive agreement between the Tours. An undoubtedly significant choice that deserves to be praised. The competition, named after the trophy donated by Englishman Samuel Ryder (1858–1936) to the American federation in 1924, is co-managed by the European Tour and the PGA of America.

From 1927 to 1971 the tournament took place between the selection of the United States and that of Great Britain, with a clear American dominance (15-3) and only one draw. Ireland was incorporated into Great Britain in 1973 and the rest of continental Europe in 1979.

Following the acceptance of the European team as an antagonist of the US team, the tournament was much more balanced: from 1979 to 2018, in fact, there were eleven successes for Europe, eight for the United States and only one draw.

The Ryder Cup is hosted alternately on the two continents in odd-numbered years. For Europe, British golf courses have historically always been chosen, with the exception of the editions of: 1997, played at the Valderrama Golf Club (Spain) in honor of the former Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros, 2018 played in Saint-Quentin-en -Yvelines (France) and, lastly, in 2023, which was held at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Italy).

Due to the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the scheduled edition of the Ryder Cup was played the following year, consequently moving the competition to even years, until the 2018 edition. The following tournament, scheduled for 2020, was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, thus moving the Ryder Cup to odd years again.

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