Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth ‘hold tense one-hour phone call over the future of the sport’… after the Northern Irishman ‘LEFT the group chat’ as negotiations fail to progress between LIV Golf and PGA tour

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  • Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth in hour-long phone call on future of golf 
  • Mcllory left group chat of Tour players as he steps away from negotiations 
  • LIV Golf and the PGA Tour remain in talks over a possible merger in the sport 

Golfing giants Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth remain at odds on the future of the PGA Tour following a heated hour-long phone call between the pair.

LIV Golf and their financial backers, the Saudi Public Investment Fund, remain in talks with the PGA Tour over a possible merger, but there has been no progress since the deal was announced last June. 

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Since then, the Tour has gained an £2.4billion investment from Strategic Sports Group (SSG) – a consortium fronted up by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group – as part of the new PGA Tour Enterprises entity. 

Following the investment, Spieth spoke out and questioned whether the new deal meant the Tour no longer needed SPI’s investment, thus continuing the fragile relationship between the PGA and LIV Golf. 

With world number 2, McIlroy recently had warmed more to the idea of a merger and investment from SIP, but has tried to step away from negotiations about the future of the sport – with Spieth recently replacing the Northern Irishman on the Tour’s Player Advisory Council.

Rory McIlroy was locked into an hour long phone call with Jordan Spieth over golf's future

Rory McIlroy was locked into an hour long phone call with Jordan Spieth over golf’s future 

Spieth reached out to McIlroy after the world number 2 left a group chat of tour players

Spieth reached out to McIlroy after the world number 2 left a group chat of tour players 

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The two golfing stars appear to be at odds in their views on what's best for the sport

The two golfing stars appear to be at odds in their views on what’s best for the sport 

According to Sports Illustrated, Spieth reached out to his fellow player, after McIlroy left a group chat featuring some of the top players on the tour. 

The pair were then involved in an hour long phone call where they discussed what would be the best path foe the sport. 

‘I just want to remove myself from the fray a little bit,’ McIlroy told Sports Illustrated. 

‘I talked to him [Spieth] about his comments. And we had a pretty frank discussion.

‘My thing was if I’m the original investor that thought that they were going to get this deal done back in July, and I’m hearing a board member say that, you know, we don’t really need them, now, how are they going to think about that, what are they gonna feel about that?

‘They are still sitting out there with hundreds of billions of dollars, if not trillions, that they’re gonna pour into sport.

John Rahm became the latest big name to join LIV Golf in December in a £450million deal

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‘And I know what Jordan was saying, I absolutely know what he was saying and what he was trying to say.

‘But if I were PIF and I was hearing that coming from here, the day after doing this SSG deal, it wouldn’t have made me too happy, I guess?’ 

Relationships still remain strained between LIV Golf and the PGA after LIV’s poaching of world number 3 Jon Rahm in November, in a deal worth £450m. 

Rahm’s move did bring the PGA back to the table, but as of yet there has been no further progress.  

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