Rory McIlroy

by | Jan 3, 2024 | Pro News

As negotiations supposedly continue between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, Rory McIlroy, the Tour’s leading opponent of Saudi-backed LIV Golf, backs off on his criticism. The four-time major champion now says he regrets being too quick to judge players who joined LIV Golf and now accepts that the Saudi-backed tour is part of the sport.

Remember, McIlroy once said he would rather retire than join LIV Golf. His concessions and the continued negotiations beyond the Dec. 31., 2023 deadline could indicate that the Tour and LIV Golf are getting closer to a formal agreement on the so-called “framework” agreement this past summer.

“I think, at this point, I was maybe a little judgmental of the guys who went to LIV Golf at the start, and I think it was a bit of a mistake on my part because I now realize that not everyone is in my position or in Tiger Woods‘ position,” McIlroy told the “Stick to Football” podcast. “We all turn professional to make a living playing the sports that we do, and I think that’s what I realized over the last two years. I can’t judge people for making that decision.”


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Steve Pike

Steve “Spike” Pike is a lifelong journalist whose career covers Major League Baseball, the NFL, and college basketball. For the past 26 years, Spike has been one of the more respected voices in the golf and travel industries, working for such publications as Golfweek, Golf World, and Golf Digest for The New York Times Magazine Group. In 1998, Spike helped launch the website for the PGA of America. As a freelance travel and golf writer, Spike’s travels have taken him around the world. He has played golf from Pebble Beach to St. Andrews, walked the Great Wall of China, climbed an active volcano in the Canary Islands, been on safari in South Africa, and dived with sharks off Guadalupe, Baja California.