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Rory McIlroy says he sympathizes with the families of 9/11 victims during the LIV golf series, after writing a letter to some of the players involved expressing their anger at the Saudi-backed event.

Rory McIlroy says he sympathizes with the families of 9/11 victims during the LIV golf series, after writing a letter to some of the players involved expressing their anger at the Saudi-backed event.

Rory McIlroy has questioned the “short-term thinking” of the young contingent joining the LIV Golf Invitational Series and believes players leaving the PGA Tour will continue to fracture the sport.

The events led by Greg Norman were launched at the Centurion Club last week, with the PGA Tour suspending all members involved and confirming that they will impose the same penalty on any golfer wishing to participate in future LIV golf tournaments.

Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter were among 48 players at Hertfordshire, where Charl Schwartzel earned $4.75million for winning the individual and team competitions, with the quartet of 17 players suspended by the PGA Tour.

Rory McIlroy says controversy over players joining LIV Golf Series will continue to fracture the game until deals and compromises are reached

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Rory McIlroy says controversy over players joining LIV Golf Series will continue to fracture the game until deals and compromises are reached

Rory McIlroy says controversy over players joining LIV Golf Series will continue to fracture the game until deals and compromises are reached

Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez have since committed to the second LIV Golf event in Portland later this month, with other players expected to join the PGA Tour exodus in the coming weeks, with McIlroy concerned by the impact the circuit has on the global game.

“If it [LIV Golf series] keep it up, it’s going to fracture the game more than it already is,” McIlroy said. Sky Sports News. “The professional world of golf is already fractured.

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“There are so many different tours and so many different things to follow. I’ve always advocated making it more cohesive and trying to get people to work together more, but this tears that apart.

“If the Saudis are serious about spending money on golf, let’s try to spend it in a way that benefits the whole ecosystem. That’s where I would like it to be, but let’s Whether or not it happens remains to be seen.”

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Is it a risk to leave the PGA Tour?

Many players competing last week resigned from their PGA Tour membership before making their LIV Golf Series debut, a move expected by others destined to play on the big money circuit, with McIlroy questioning the eagerness of players wishing to make the switch.

“I don’t think anyone can see where this is going to be in five years or 10 years,” McIlroy said in his pre-tournament press conference on Tuesday. “If I had a crystal ball, I could obviously give you a better answer.

Ahead of the US Open, Rory McIlroy says he defended the PGA Tour amid LIV Golf series controversy because he thinks

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Ahead of US Open, Rory McIlroy says he defended PGA Tour amid LIV Golf series controversy because he thinks ‘it’s the right thing to do’

Ahead of US Open, Rory McIlroy says he defended PGA Tour amid LIV Golf series controversy because he thinks ‘it’s the right thing to do’

“I just think for a lot of guys who are going to play who are younger, the same age as me or a bit younger than me, it seems like short-term thinking, and they’re not really looking at the big picture. Still I once just tried to see it with a bigger lens from the start.

McIlroy added: “A lot of these guys are in their late 40s. In Phil’s [Mickelson] case, early 50’s. Yes, I think they [veteran players leaving the PGA Tour] would tell you that their best days are behind them.

Phil Mickelson faced tougher questions about his decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV golf series at a press conference ahead of the US Open

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Phil Mickelson faced tougher questions about his decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV golf series at a press conference ahead of the US Open

Phil Mickelson faced tougher questions about his decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV golf series at a press conference ahead of the US Open

“That’s why I don’t understand for guys that are the same age as me because I’d like to believe my best days are still ahead of me, and I think theirs are too. So that’s where you feel like ‘I’m taking the easy way out.’

McIlroy: ‘It’s hard to separate sport and politics’

A group representing the families of victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks has targeted and accused America’s top players in the LIV Golf series of washing the sport and betraying their country.

In a letter sent to agents for Mickelson, Johnson, DeChambeau, Reed and Kevin Na, 911familiesunited.org expressed outrage at the players for participating in the Saudi-backed events.

Ahead of the US Open, Rory McIlroy says he defended the PGA Tour amid LIV Golf series controversy because he thinks

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Ahead of US Open, Rory McIlroy says he defended PGA Tour amid LIV Golf series controversy because he thinks ‘it’s the right thing to do’

Ahead of US Open, Rory McIlroy says he defended PGA Tour amid LIV Golf series controversy because he thinks ‘it’s the right thing to do’

Mickelson said at his Monday press conference that he has “the deepest sympathy and empathy” for the families of 9/11 victims and survivors of that terror attack, and McIlroy says he understands the anger of the families involved. .

“I think everything that happens with this tour [LIV Golf]he legitimizes their [Saudi Arabias] place in the world,” McIlroy added. “I’m sure not all Saudis are a bad person, we talk about this in such a general way.

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“I spent a lot of time in the Middle East, and the vast majority of people I met there are very, very nice people, but there are bad guys everywhere. The bad guys who came from that part people do absolutely horrible things.

“Of course, I understand where these families are coming from, and nowadays everything is so intertwined, and it’s hard to separate sport from politics from dirty money from clean money. It’s a world very complicated right now.”

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