Rory McIlroy said the PGA Tour and DP World Tour must start talks with the Saudi-funded LIV Golf as rising tensions between the tours are “dividing the game”. Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are among many top players to join the lucrative series, which has used suspensions and fines on the US and European circuits.
McIlroy, a four-time major winner, has been one of the most vocal critics of breakaways on the tour, but said now was the time to find common ground.
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“It has to happen,” McIlroy told BBC Sport when asked if peace talks should take place.
“I wish there wasn’t this mess. Everyone has to give in and change and try to be better. The way is not good. We are dividing our sport instead of uniting it,” he said. McIlroy highlighted the increased prize money offered on the Ladies European Tour thanks to the sponsorship of Saudi energy giant Aramco, which is also a global partner of Formula 1.
“There is a lot of talk about where the money comes from, Saudi Arabia and everything else. They sponsor a lot of other things. They are everywhere in the sport,” he said. “I understand people’s reservations about certain things, but at the same time, if these people are serious and want to invest billions of dollars in golf, I think at the end of the day, that’s a good thing.”
in the right way,” he assessed. He has been engaged since 2011 to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, already number one in the WTA rankings, forming one of the most famous young couples in international sport.
On May 21, 2014, however, the two broke off their relationship shortly before the wedding. On April 22, 2017, he married Erica Stoll, a 29-year-old woman from Florida who works for the PGA, whom he met during the 2012 Ryder Cup, and to whom he became engaged on May 31, 2015.