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‘It’s splitting the game’: McIlroy calls for peace talks amid LIV turmoil

He's spoken out several times against the breakaway league, but now, Rory McIlroy wants co-operation between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour
 

Rory McIlroy has urged the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to “come together” with LIV Golf.

Tension is continuing to escalate between those defecting to the breakaway series and their parent circuits, with the PGA Tour issuing indefinite suspensions to any player making the switch, while the DP World Tour banned members from competing in three upcoming events due to their participation.

This included the Scottish Open, a sanction which was not carried out for four players – including Ian Poulter – following a successful injunction.

With legal battles seemingly inevitable, McIlroy believes a compromise is now necessary to put an end to this disruptive narrative.

“I think everyone needs to come together a little bit more,” he told the BBC. “I wish it hadn’t got that messy. In hindsight, there were probably steps that were missed that wouldn’t have made it as messy.

“Everyone has to pivot and change and try to be better and hopefully get to that stage but all the narrative isn’t good. It’s splitting the game instead of everyone coming together.”

Throughout this saga, McIlroy has become a flag bearer for the PGA Tour. Previously, the Northern Irishman criticised fellow Tour pros for defecting to the Saudi-funded series, branding them as “selfish”.

Now, however, he believes the turmoil will end up having a positive effect on the game of golf.

“I understand people’s reservations with things but at the same time, if these people are serious about investing billions of dollars into golf, I think ultimately that’s a good thing but it has to be done the right way.

“I think if they were to invest, having it be invested inside the existing structures. That’s the thing I’ve tried to advocate for over the last few months.”

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George Cooper

George Cooper

A golf fanatic his entire life, George Cooper is NCG's man for all goings-on at the top level of the game, whether it's the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA or LIV Golf. He also looks after NCG's Twitter and Facebook accounts. George is a member of Woburn, but is not friends with Ian Poulter.

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