LIV Golf: Rory McIlroy has made it quite plain how he felt about the offers that he and Tiger Woods might own LIV Golf teams and compete in at least ten events per season.
“I would retire if LIV Golf was the last place on the planet to play golf. That’s how I feel,” McIlroy said after starting with a 64 in the Genesis Scottish Open.
McIlroy was speaking to the press for the first time since documents were made public as part of a US Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday on the framework agreement between the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour, and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which finances LIV Golf.
Prior to the deal, PCP Capital Partners submitted “The Best of Both Worlds” to two PGA Tour executives, which contained the McIlroy and Woods proposal as part of a lengthy wish-list that also included PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan joining the R&A and Augusta National.
Both had no chance of success, even if McIlroy, who said he still “hated” LIV when the framework deal was unveiled, has since stepped aside from his role as the PGA Tour’s strongest supporter.
“There’s a lot of apathy towards everything right now,” McIlroy added.
“There wasn’t much new information for me [in the Senate hearing], but as I’ve said, I’ve been almost too close to it over the last year and a half, so it’s nice to be able to try to distance myself a little bit from it.
“I think I’m apathetic to all the fuss, and as long as the tournaments I play continue to exist, I’ll be very happy to play them and be a professional golfer, trying to get a little bit closer every day to mastering my craft.
“I’ve realised that no matter what I do, say, or try to show as a leader, I’m going to be fine.
“I tried to speak up for the guys who didn’t have a voice early on, but I think with everything that’s happened in the last few weeks, the players will find themselves at the table more and more to try to get whatever they want out of it.
“Once again, I’ll be content as long as I get to play the golf I’ve known for the past 15 years.”