Rory McIlroy says ‘if LIV was the last place to play golf on earth, I would retire’

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Rory McIlroy says ‘if LIV was the last place to play golf on earth, I would retire’ in BRUTAL reply to Senate findings over making him a team captain on Saudi-backed tour

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Rory McIlroy has said he would retire before joining LIV Golf, as he addressed a finding from a US Senate hearing that the Saudi-backed tour wanted to make him a team captain.

Mail Sport reported Tuesday that the controversial LIV Golf League proposed Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods owning franchises on the rebel tour during negotiations over the shock merger with the PGA Tour.

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The world of sport was rocked by the surprise commercial agreement between the traditional circuit and the breakaway LIV series last month.

McIlroy, who has always been a vocal critic of the Saudi-backed tour, spoke after opening his Scottish Open tournament with a six-under par 64.

‘If LIV Golf was the last place to play golf on earth I would retire,’ he said.

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Rory McIlroy has said he would retire before joining LIV Golf in a brutal response on Thursday

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He spoke after opening his Scottish Open tournament with a six-under par 64

He spoke after opening his Scottish Open tournament with a six-under par 64

‘That’s how I feel about it. I’d play the majors, but I’d be pretty comfortable.’

In the build-up to golf’ shock merger between the two rival tours it was revealed in the hearing this week that peace brokers brought in by the Saudi Public Investment Fund also presented the idea of Tiger Woods and McIlroy playing in around 10 LIV tournaments.

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Woods, just like McIlroy, has been one of the fiercest critics of the breakaway tour, and reportedly rejected a $700million-$800million offer to join the series.

McIlroy did not hold back shortly after the ‘framework agreement’ was announced between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and PIF weeks ago, saying: ‘I still hate LIV.’

Details of LIV’s plans to try to win over and utilize two of the sport’s biggest stars were made by a Senate subcommittee that is scrutinizing foreign involvement in an American sports league, as well as exploring possible anti-trust violations.

The disclosures confirmed the key role played in peace talks by Newcastle United director, Amanda Staveley, as first revealed by Mail Sport. 

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan had battled LIV Golf for some two years while the league funded by Saudi Arabia’s national wealth fund poached top players from the traditional tour.

Then on June 6 Monahan and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of the Public Investment Fund, announced they would be working together.

Some top players believe Jay Monahan has to regain trust after leaving members in the dark

Some top players believe Jay Monahan has to regain trust after leaving members in the dark

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Monahan and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of Public Investment Fund (R), announced merger

Monahan and Yasir Al-Rumayyan, governor of Public Investment Fund (R), announced merger

Some top players believe Monahan, who will return to work on July 17 after he stepped away for a ‘medical situation’, has to regain their trust after leaving members in the dark over an about-face deal with the Saudi Arabia wealth fund behind LIV Golf.

‘I’d say he has a lot of tough questions to answer in his return,’ Xander Schauffele said Wednesday at the Scottish Open, where he is the defending champion. 

‘And yeah, I don’t trust people easily. He had my trust and he has a lot less of it now.

‘So I don’t stand alone when I say that.’

When asked if Monahan would have trust issues with the players, Spieth replied: ‘Quite a bit, just based on conversations I’ve had with players. And I think he realizes that. I’m sure he’s preparing for a plan to try and build it back.’ 

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