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World No.1 Rory McIlroy calls for settlement between [ ‘rivals’ ] PGA Tour and LIV Golf

World No.1 Rory McIlroy calls for settlement between [ 'rivals' ] PGA Tour and LIV Golf

As we all know professional golf has been divided since LIV Golf started before this time, with players, including major titleholders Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson banned from the PGA Tour after accepting big- money contract deals from LIV Golf.

Finally major LIV golf critic Rory McIlroy is prompting the bitter rivals the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to find a concession, with the world No. 1 saying “there is no further time to waste.”

Forbes magazine lately estimated the Saudi Arabian government will pump around$3.7 billion into the breakaway Tour over the next two seasons.

McIlroy has been perhaps the highest- profile critic of LIV Golf, at one point suggesting players who had signed with the Greg Norman- led stint had ” made their bed, and they have to live with that.

But he’s now struck a more pacific tone, suggesting the two warring sides will have to come together for the good of the sport. “I believe there is no more time to waste … PGA Tour and LIV will have to find a compromise and speak for the sake of our sport,” McIlroy told Italy’s Golf & Turismo.

“I don’t know when this can happen, certainly not tomorrow, but of course we will have to find an agreement.” The four- time major champion noted the sport isn’t big enough to survive a long- term split.

Golf is a small reality,” he said.

It is not football where there are large worlds inside it such as Serie A, the Champions League, FIFA and UEFA that coexist with each other.

“We need to stick together and find a way to ensure that, in the future, there are no splits like the one we are witnessing today.”

McIlroy’s comments echo those of Norman, who has repeatedly emphasised that LIV Golf is prepared to work alongside the PGA Tour, rather than against it.

That is what has disappointed me the most,” he said recently.

There was always room — always, always, always room — and there still is room for them [the PGA Tour] to sit down and understand what we have and what this is all about.

“I quite honestly think the ball is in their court. It’s not in ours. We’ve tried. We’ve tried on numerous occasions, not just me personally but before I even came on board.”

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