McIlroy slams players defecting to LIV series in 'duplicitous' fashion

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RORY MCILROY HAS slammed definite players who person defected to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf bid for acting successful a “duplicitous” manner successful signing with the breakaway circuit.

The PGA Tour has been deed by much departures to LIV Golf this week, with four-time large victor Brooks Koepka and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer some opting into the caller series.

Several golfers, notably erstwhile satellite fig 1 Dustin Johnson, joined the lucrative circuit aft antecedently insisting they remained committed to the PGA Tour.

Asked if helium was amazed by Koepka’s determination to go the latest large sanction to travel the money, McIlroy replied: “Yes, due to the fact that of what helium said previously.

“I deliberation that’s wherefore I’m amazed astatine a batch of these guys due to the fact that they accidental 1 happening and past they bash another, and I don’t recognize that and I don’t cognize if that’s for ineligible reasons oregon if they can’t — I person nary idea.

“But it’s beauteous duplicitous connected their portion to accidental 1 happening and past bash different thing.”

Asked to clarify which remarks of Koepka’s helium was referring to, McIlroy added: “The full mode through. The full mode through, successful nationalist and private, each of it.”

The PGA Tour has suspended each existent oregon erstwhile members of the circuit who person opted to motion up with the arguable LIV Series.

The circuit is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. Human rights groups accidental LIV Golf is an effort to amended the kingdom’s representation done sport, alleged “sportswashing”.

McIlroy, who was speaking up of this week’s Travelers Championship successful Connecticut, said helium hoped satellite play would yet signifier a genuinely planetary circuit akin to the ATP Tour successful tennis.

“I would similar to see, and I’ve ever advocated for thing wherever the tours enactment much intimately unneurotic oregon we make immoderate benignant of satellite circuit exemplary oregon ATP model,” McIlroy said.

“Where there’s antithetic events going connected successful antithetic areas of the world, but they’re each governed nether 1 umbrella.

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“I would similar to spot the PGA Tour and the European Tour commencement to enactment much intimately unneurotic and possibly effort to forge a way to wherever each the biggest play events successful the satellite are nether the aforesaid umbrella.”

Asked if helium believed it could happen, helium added: “It’s hard to accidental astatine this point, but I would similar to deliberation that it’s a possibility.”

– © AFP 2022

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