Rory McIlroy changes his mind about LIV Golf

Rory McIlroy's perspective on players joining LIV Golf has undergone a notable change in the last year

by Andrea Gussoni
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Rory McIlroy changes his mind about LIV Golf
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Rory McIlroy's perspective on players joining LIV Golf has undergone a notable change in the last year. Previously, McIlroy was a strong supporter of the PGA Tour and criticized players who left the tour to join the Arabian Super League.

Now, however, his approach is different, and he asks for "leniency" for those who wish to return to the PGA Tour after their time at LIV.

Rory McIlroy, statements

In a press conference at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, McIlroy expressed his opinion that life is about making decisions and that there should be no penalties for players who wish to return to the PGA Tour.

He argued that punishing people wouldn't be fair and that it would be better for golf if everyone was together and moving forward together. When asked about his change of heart, McIlroy explained that he had come to the conclusion that having a weakened PGA Tour and a weakened LIV Tour was not beneficial to either party.

He now believes it would be better for golf if everyone worked together rather than punishing players who took different paths. McIlroy also mentioned that he had spoken with Tyrrell Hatton, one of the latest players to join LIV Golf, and that he respected individual players' decisions about their future in professional golf.

Regarding negotiations between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and LIV Golf, McIlroy urged that they be resolved quickly as he believes an agreement is crucial to the future of men's professional golf. In short, Rory McIlroy has changed his perspective and now advocates unity and collaboration instead of sanctions for players who joined LIV Golf.

Rory McIlroy uses grip interlock for all of his shots. Since his youth, he has had the opportunity to work with several top-level professional golfers, including Darren Clarke, Nick Faldo and Graeme McDowell. The latter is often a practice partner of Rory during tournaments.

As for putting, Rory McIlroy received instruction from Dave Stockton, a former PGA Tour player who has become a renowned putting master. Initially, he was mentored by Englishman Andrew "Chubby" Chandler, a European Tour player who was the founder of International Sports Management (ISM).

However, in 2011, McIlroy made a transition and joined Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management. It was a significant change in his career. Since this transition, Michael Bannon has become her primary coach, starting to work with Rory starting in October 2012.

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