Regretful Rory McIlroy Reflects on Involvement in LIV-PGA Tour Conflict

"I wish I hadn't have gotten involved or not hadn't gotten involved."

by Sead Dedovic
Regretful Rory McIlroy Reflects on Involvement in LIV-PGA Tour Conflict
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Rory McIlroy is ready for a new challenge in his career, the RBC Canadian Open. Interestingly, the previous edition of the RBC Canadian Open unfolded in a strange atmosphere, given that discussions about the merger between the PGA Tour and PIF had begun at that time. A standout performer at the RBC Canadian Open in 2022 and 2019, Rory McIlroy was particularly intriguing during last year's event for several reasons. 

One reason is that the Northern Irishman managed to win this competition in 2019 and defend his title three years later, considering that the tournament was not played for two years. Many expected Rory to lift the trophy again. However, Canadian Nick Taylor was more successful and deservedly triumphed at the RBC (2023). 

Another interesting aspect regarding Rory is that he spoke out against LIV Golf, opposing the philosophy of the Saudi Arabia-backed Tour. The 35-year-old golfer seized every opportunity to highlight this Tour as a problem. 

However, earlier this year, McIlroy changed his stance, believing that LIV Golfers have the right to return to the PGA Tour and that LIV Golf belongs in golf. 

Now, a year later, McIlroy has voiced his opinion on the chaos that ensued at the RBC Canadian Open in 2023. This experienced golfer somewhat regrets being involved in the whole PGA Tour and LIV Golf saga, believing that everyone has the right to decide about the future.

“I think, in hindsight, I wish I hadn't have gotten involved or not hadn't gotten involved, hadn't have gotten as deeply involved in it, and I've articulated that. I hold no grudge, I hold no resentment over the guys that chose to go and play on LIV. Everyone's got their own decisions to make and everyone is, has the right to make those decisions.”- McIlroy said, as quoted by Golf Monthly.

Rory McIlroy is disappointed by the consequences of the conflict between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour

The PGA Tour golfer is most disappointed by the consequences that have arisen due to the conflict between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour. Once we witnessed Majors with the biggest names in one place, but now, a large number of quality golfers belong to LIV Golf. However, that is just one aspect of why fans are not satisfied. Rory McIlroy is disappointed with the division in the world of golf, stressing that nobody benefits from such a situation.

“My whole thing is I'm just disappointed to what it's done to, not to the game of golf, the game of golf will be fine, but men's professional golf and this sort of divide we have at the minute.”- Rory McIlroy continued.

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The 35-year-old expressed hope that there would be progress in fixing the situation and bringing things back together. Yet, he emphasized that regardless of the outcome, he feels he shouldn't have been so deeply involved. Reflecting on it, he admitted that he wishes he hadn't become as deeply involved as he did.

During that time, the Northern Irishman was the golfer who raised his voice the most, along with a few others. Given his reputation in the world of golf, his statements attracted special attention and created a new perspective on the entire golf landscape between these two Tours. 

Although Rory was aware of the potential consequences of his statements, his love for the PGA Tour and the era before LIV Golf outweighed everything else. It must be acknowledged that McIlroy had massive support from everyone, as golf fans mostly wanted the PGA Tour to remain the strongest.

Rory McIlroy wants to win the RBC Canadian Open: I needed that reset

Northern Irishman intends to win the RBC Canadian Open for the third time, aware that a tough task awaits him. His recent excellent form gives optimism that the 35-year-old will show his best. His ambition is to achieve a great result and prepare for the US Open. McIlroy has been without a Major trophy for years, and the US Open will be a good opportunity for him to try to break the negative streak when it comes to Majors.

“I needed that reset. I'm playing four weeks in a row here, so, yeah, I'm ready to go, but, yeah, it's been a busy stretch and I'm sort of easing my way back into it."- Rory McIlroy concluded.

With anticipation, we will follow McIlroy's performances, hoping that he can achieve great results. If Rory plays the RBC Canadian Open as expected, it could be a great motivation for the upcoming Major. The US Open is everyone's wish, but only one will ultimately lift the trophy.

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