ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Rory McIlroy says will probably be higher for the well being of the sport if The Open winner is not from the breakaway LIV Golf Series, and he backs the R&A’s resolution not to ask Greg Norman to the event’s a hundred and fiftieth anniversary celebrations.
McIlroy spoke Tuesday at St. Andrews as he appears so as to add a second Open title to the one he gained again in 2014 at Royal Liverpool. This version of The Open comes as the sport is dominated by discuss of the breakaway LIV Golf series, a brand new circuit being financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
“Selfishly, for me, yes,” McIlroy stated when requested whether or not The Open winner this yr ought to not be a part of LIV Golf. “But at the end of the day, everyone that’s here has the same opportunity to go out there and try to win a Claret Jug, regardless of what Tour they play on or whatever that is.
“Whoever wins right here on the finish of the week needs to be recommended for one of many biggest achievements this sport has to supply.”
McIlroy has been a prominent critic of the LIV Series, which is run by Norman. The CEO of LIV Golf, who won the 1986 Open at Turnberry and again at St. George’s in 1993, has poached several players from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour for the new series.
But R&A did not invite Norman to the celebrations this week, meaning he missed out on the Champions Dinner and the R&A Celebration of Champions competition.
McIlroy, who played alongside Tiger Woods, Georgia Hall and Lee Trevino within the Champions competitors on Monday, stated, “I feel the main target would have been taken away just a little bit if [Norman had] been right here.
“I supported that decision, and I think right now, because of everything that’s happening in the golf world, I think it was the right decision to be made. But if things change in the future, or whatever happens, who knows, but I could see a day where he’s certainly welcome back.”
The R&A defined the choice in a press release Saturday: “The 150th Open is an extremely important milestone for golf and we want to ensure that the focus remains on celebrating the Championship and its heritage. Unfortunately, we do not believe that would be the case if Greg were to attend. We hope that when circumstances allow Greg will be able to attend again in future.”
Norman responded by saying the choice was “petty.”
“I’m disappointed. I would have thought the R&A would have stayed above it all given their position in world golf,” Norman informed Australian Golf Digest. “[It’s] petty, as all I’ve finished is promote and develop the sport of golf globally, on and off the golf course, for greater than 4 a long time.”