Rory McIlroy: “I think he [Norman] just needs to step out of the stage to the left. He’s made his mark, but I think it’s a good time to kind of say, listen, you’ve got this thing on the floor, but nobody’s gonna talk unless there’s an adult in the room who can actually try to mend the fences”

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Rory McIlroy spoke to the media ahead of the DP World Tour Championship

Rory McIlroy has called on Greg Norman to step down from his role at LIV Golf to get an “adult in the room” to help end the “impasse” in the golf tour dispute.

The PGA Tour is currently embroiled in an antitrust case against LIV Golf and a hearing is taking place in February involving the Saudi-backed Tour and the DP World Tour, while McIlroy thinks Norman may have to leave the separatist circuit to achieve resolution in sport. .

“Nothing will happen if these two things [lawsuits] are still ongoing,” McIlroy said ahead of the DP World Tour Championship. “You are limited in what you can do. Then I think of all that’s going on with those two things, there’s a few things I’d like to see on the LIV side that need to happen.

McIlroy has regularly spoken out in defense of golf's traditional circuits

McIlroy has regularly spoken out in defense of golf’s traditional circuits

“I think Greg needs to go. I think he just needs to leave the stage left. He’s made his mark but I think it’s a good time to kind of say, look, you’ve got this thing on the floor but no one is going to talk unless there is an adult in the room who can actually try to fix the fences.

“If those two things happen, then things can happen. But at the moment it’s a dead end because there can be no other way. Hopefully something can happen, who knows.

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“Whether it’s in the hands of a court or a judge or something else happens along the way, no one really knows. But at the moment it seems to be a bit in the dark. ‘dead end.”

“Tiger shouldn’t be grateful to anyone”

Norman said in an earlier interview that “every PGA Tour player should thank LIV” because of the increased prize money and the Player Impact program. [PIP]pointing out McIlroy and Tiger Woods, although McIlroy dismissed suggestions that people like him and Woods should be grateful for the rival tour.

Scottie Scheffler said ahead of September's Presidents Cup he thinks there's more talent on the PGA Tour than with LIV Golf

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Scottie Scheffler said ahead of September’s Presidents Cup he thinks there’s more talent on the PGA Tour than with LIV Golf

Scottie Scheffler said ahead of September’s Presidents Cup he thinks there’s more talent on the PGA Tour than with LIV Golf

McIlroy explained: “Am I grateful that it gives more opportunities for better players to earn more? Yes. But ultimately will it make me happier at the end of my career? No.

“I’m so grateful to everyone in golf, and I’ve said it a million times: Tiger is the reason we play as much as we play for.

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“Tiger is the reason the stature of our game is where it is. The generation of Tiger and the generation that follows Tiger have all benefited from him, his accomplishments and what he has done for the game of golf. .

“I don’t think Tiger should be grateful to anyone for anything. I think everyone in the game should be grateful.”

What future for LIV Golf?

LIV Golf announced on Monday that Australia will host an event next April as part of an expanded schedule for 2023, with McIlroy expecting more golf conversations next year, as opposed to moves and disputes from players.

Phil Mickelson says it's 'remarkable' how much LIV Golf has improved over the past six months and suggests it's now a force in the game that won't go away

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Phil Mickelson says it’s ‘remarkable’ how much LIV Golf has improved over the past six months and suggests it’s now a force in the game that won’t go away

Phil Mickelson says it’s ‘remarkable’ how much LIV Golf has improved over the past six months and suggests it’s now a force in the game that won’t go away

“I don’t think we’ll have another year like this because all the noise has been about who’s jumping ship, who’s going where, who’s staying, who’s leaving,” McIlroy added.

“Very little of the story has actually been about golf. So I think next year if we can get the stories to be about golf and about the competition that’s going on and what’s going on the course, that’s a good thing.”

Watch the DP World Tour Championship throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins on Thursday with the bands featured from 5am on Sky Sports Golf, before full coverage from 6am.