Rory McIlroy, sudden change after 6 months

As confirmed by Guy Kinnings, the new CEO of the DP World Tour, executives from the PGA Tour, PIF, and LIV Golf have not met since then

by Andrea Gussoni
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Rory McIlroy, sudden change after 6 months
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After less than six months since his resignation, citing "professional and personal reasons," Rory McIlroy has announced his return as Player Director. The Northern Irishman stepped down from the Board after two years of dedicated service to the PGA Tour in the context of negotiations with LIV Golf, resulting in the creation of the 2.0 version of Signature Events.

What prompted this sudden change? Rory McIlroy enjoys a good relationship with Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of PIF, and his reinstatement on the Board could be an additional attempt to reignite negotiations, which currently appear stalled.

Following the meeting between Rumayyan and Tiger Woods in the Bahamas, progress towards a definitive agreement has not resumed, despite high expectations surrounding the face-to-face encounter between the two. As confirmed by Guy Kinnings, the new CEO of the DP World Tour, executives from the PGA Tour, PIF, and LIV Golf have not met since then.

McIlroy's return to the Board has been advocated by executives from the Strategic Sports Group and PIF, and to accommodate McIlroy, a "volunteer" for resignation has been identified: Webb Simpson. However, the green light for Rory is still on standby.

Rory McIlroy, statements

Some player members of the Board have raised objections to his return, mindful of the reasons for his previous resignation. McIlroy is aware of this situation but remains determined: "I believe I can be helpful in the operation.

But only if people want me to be involved." "If it's something that other people are accepting of, then I'd be happy to take that position." Rory McIlroy, born on May 4, 1989, in Holywood, Northern Ireland, is a professional golfer.

He quickly gained attention for his golfing talents at a young age, starting as an amateur where he won the Junior Ryder Cup in 2004, competed in the Walker Cup in 2007, represented Ireland at the Eisenhower Trophy in 2006, and won five tournaments, including the European Amateur Championship in 2006 (as well as the European Amateur Team Championship in 2007).

He turned professional in September 2007 at the age of 18. He claimed his first victory on the European Tour at the Dubai Desert Classic in February 2009, followed by his first win on the PGA Tour the following year at the Quail Hollow Championship.

After two third-place finishes in major tournaments, in 2009 at the PGA Championship and in 2010 at the Masters, he secured his first major title at the 2011 US Open. Rory McIlroy first ascended to the top spot in the world rankings on March 4, 2012, at the age of 22, just 43 days after winning the Honda Classic, a PGA Tour event in Palm Beach Gardens.

On August 12, 2012, he became the first Northern Irishman in history to win the PGA Championship. He is also the first Briton to win this title since Tommy Armour in 1930. In 2014, he won his third major tournament by triumphing at The Open Championship, followed by a fourth at the PGA Championship.

In the same year, he secured his second consecutive Ryder Cup victory while representing Europe against the United States.

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