Scottie Scheffler against return of LIV players

On Wednesday, world number one Scottie Scheffler also echoed these sentiments

by Andrea Gussoni
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Scottie Scheffler against return of LIV players
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Present at Pebble Beach (California) for the second Signature Event of the season on the PGA Tour, Rory McIlroy addressed the possibility of LIV Golf players returning to the American circuit in a press conference. According to the Northern Irishman, they should not be punished.

Scottie Scheffler, statements

However, this opinion is far from shared by his playing partners. Rickie Fowler told the New York Post that the return of LIV members to the circuit could not happen "directly." Justin Thomas echoed this sentiment, stating on Tuesday in Phoenix, "Many of us have made sacrifices...

I would have a hard time accepting LIV members returning without penalty." On Wednesday, world number one Scottie Scheffler also echoed these sentiments. "It's a complex issue," the top-ranked player told Golf Channel on Wednesday.

"I think there are different levels of players who left. You have guys who left our Tour and pursued it, which wasn't really in good taste. And then you have other guys who just left and wanted to do something different. Everyone made their decision, and I don't hold any grudges against the guys who left.

But the decision to return wouldn't be very popular if they came back as if nothing had happened. There should be a path back for them, but they definitely shouldn't be able to return without some sort of contribution to the Tour." "I think that's the view of most players who stayed," added Scheffler, who shares the same agent with Brooks Koepka.

He was pressed to specify what this contribution should be. However, he did not want to elaborate further on the subject. "I'm not sure what it could be, but there should be something," added the two-time WM Phoenix Open champion.

"I think that's the view of most players who stayed. You know, we stayed loyal to a circuit, a circuit that was loyal to us. I built my entire career here, on the PGA Tour, and I didn't want to leave it. I dreamed of playing on this circuit.

Some of the guys who left, maybe it wasn't for them, but I think if they want a way back, there should be one. However, it certainly shouldn't just be returning the first week they want. There should be some sort of condition for them to return to our circuit."

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