TULSA, Oklahoma (Reuters) – The showdown between the LIV Golf Invitational Series and the PGA Tour goes to shape the future of golf predicted Rory McIlroy, because the big-money Saudi-backed enterprise hijacked the PGA Championship on Tuesday.
It takes one thing explosive to blast Tiger Woods from a serious highlight however that’s what occurred at Southern Hills Country Club because the world’s greatest golfers had been paraded by way of the interview room and requested their ideas on the eight occasion tour providing an eye-popping complete prize purse of $255 million.
McIlroy, twice a PGA Championship winner, as soon as proclaimed the LIV Series useless within the water however with the primary event set to debut from June Sept. 11 on the Centurion Club exterior London the Northern Irishman conceded his prediction was untimely.
“I might need been a little bit presumptuous at that time,” McIlroy informed reporters. “It looks as if it is nonetheless going.
“I feel we’re simply going to have to see the way it performs out.
“Honestly it is going to shape the future of skilled golf a method or one other, so I feel we’re simply going to have to see the way it all shakes out.”
For McIlroy and many others that future — for the second — doesn’t embody the LIV sequence.
McIlroy mentioned he had made his resolution and owed his allegiance to the PGA Tour however that in the end it was a person selection.
“I’ve made my resolution, and I do know the place I would like to play,” mentioned McIlroy, including that he was sick of the topic. “I’m not standing in anybody’s means, and I’m not saying that they should not go over there and play if that is what they really feel is correct for them, then 100% they need to go and do it.
“I feel the earlier all of it occurs and the earlier every thing shakes out, I feel we will all simply return to not speaking about it and doing what we wish to do.”
The battle traces have been drawn.
The PGA Tour has adopted by way of on its menace to punish any member becoming a member of the breakaway circuit by refusing to launch gamers, whereas LIV CEO Greg Norman mentioned the sequence was ready to reimburse gamers who had been fined and had authorized injunctions prepared to go in the event that they had been sanctioned or banned.
Who may play within the LIV Series is open to wild hypothesis however most of the world’s prime golfers, together with Woods and McIlroy, have proclaimed their loyalty to the PGA Tour.
But there are different gamers contemplating their choices, little question tempted by the lure of an enormous payday.
Golfers on the Centurion shall be taking part in for a handbag of $25 million, nearly triple the PGA Tour Canadian Open’s $8.7 million which shall be performed the identical week.
For British Open champion Collin Morikawa the choice comes down to majors over cash.
“At the top of the day, you decide — would you like to do that or would you like to try this?’ mentioned the American. “When it comes down to it, it is extra about the place your coronary heart lies.
“You weigh the place you’re in life, what’s vital, what you need to do, and you decide.”
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Tulsa; Editing by Ken Ferris)