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BMW PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy says it will be ‘tough to digest’ to see members of LIV Golf at Wentworth | Golf News

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Rory McIlroy on LIV Golf members taking part in the DP World Tour’s flagship event: “I hate what it’s like in golf. It’s going to be hard for me to agree to go to Wentworth in a few weeks and seeing 18 of them there. It just doesn’t sit well with me”

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Rory McIlroy says he hates what LIV Golf is doing to the game and says it will be hard to support some of Wentworth’s players in a few weeks.

Rory McIlroy says he hates what LIV Golf is doing to the game and says it will be hard to support some of Wentworth’s players in a few weeks.

Rory McIlroy admits it will be “tough to stomach” to see the members of LIV Golf competing in the DP World Tour in the BMW PGA Championship next week at Wentworth.

The PGA Tour has suspended all members who joined the Saudi-backed separatist tour, as a federal judge ruled against the three players who requested a temporary restraining order from competing in the FedExCup playoffs – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford.

Members of the DP World Tour have successfully won a temporary stay from their suspensions at the Scottish Open in July, pending the decision of their appeals, meaning LIV Golf players – including Ian Poulter – have been able to continue to compete in Europe in recent weeks.

US Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III hinted earlier this month at a major player boycott if LIV golfers can return to the PGA Tour

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US Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III hinted earlier this month at a major player boycott if LIV golfers can return to the PGA Tour

US Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III hinted earlier this month at a major player boycott if LIV golfers can return to the PGA Tour

Gooch and Poulter are among the roster of LIV golfers on the course for the DP World Tour’s flagship event from September 8-11, along with Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed, along with up to 18 tour members led by Greg Norman. should be in Wentworth.

McIlroy has been a staunch supporter of the PGA Tour and DP World Tour during a turbulent year in the sport, the four-time major champion admitted the idea of ​​playing alongside LIV Golf players at the BMW Championship “does not not good”. “.

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“If you believe in something, I think you need to speak up about it, and I believe in it very strongly — really,” McIlroy said after winning the Tour championship to become the first three-time FedExCup champion.

“I hate how it feels in golf. I hate it. Really. Like it’s going to be hard for me to go to Wentworth in a few weeks and see 18 there. It’s not enough. t sit- you good with me.

McIlroy says it was great to finish the season on a high and become the first person to win the FedExCup three times

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McIlroy says it was great to finish the season on a high and become the first person to win the FedExCup three times

McIlroy says it was great to finish the season on a high and become the first person to win the FedExCup three times

“So, yeah, I’m convinced. I believe what I’m saying is the right thing, and I think when you believe what you’re saying is the right thing, you’re happy to crane your neck on the line.”

McIlroy hopes there will be more stability within the golf ecosystem in the future, after the best players on the PGA Tour have engaged in 12 “elevated events” starting next season, adding: ” Yeah, that would be great. I think it probably will. I think he has I’m a bit tribal. I definitely have that feeling sometimes.

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“But somehow, something great happened, and that’s that the [players] who gathered in this room in Delaware [before the BMW Championship] all committed, maybe 22 out of 23, committed to each other and determined to what we can do to make the Tour the best possible product so that we can all benefit from it.

“I think that was a turning point in all of this.”

McIlroy will be joined on the Wentworth course by Jon Rahm and US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, who is unimpressed that LIV golfers are allowed back on the DP World Tour.

Ahead of the BMW Championship, Jon Rahm and Matt Fitzpatrick slammed LIV Golf players who filed a lawsuit to try to make the FedExCup playoffs

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Ahead of the BMW Championship, Jon Rahm and Matt Fitzpatrick slammed LIV Golf players who filed a lawsuit to try to make the FedExCup playoffs

Ahead of the BMW Championship, Jon Rahm and Matt Fitzpatrick slammed LIV Golf players who filed a lawsuit to try to make the FedExCup playoffs

“It’s going to be strange to see some people, obviously, at Wentworth,” Fitzpatrick said after his first Tour Championship run. “It’s going to be a little weird, and obviously it’s a little disappointing.

“But they’ve earned their little thing and it’s going to be interesting to see what happens. Obviously they’re not as well positioned as the PGA Tour in terms of regulations or whatever. I guess we’ll have just to see how it goes.”

Watch the BMW PGA Championship in September live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins with featured bands on Thursday, September 8 from 8am on Sky Sports Golf.

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