Fitzpatrick Takes Contrasting Ryder Cup View To McIlroy On LIV Golfers

The US Open champ will welcome LIV players onto the team if it means a European victory

Matt Fitzpatrick will welcome LIV players onto the Ryder Cup team if it helps Europe win
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Matt Fitzpatrick would welcome LIV Golfers onto the European Ryder Cup team next year as long as it helps them to victory.

The US Open champion’s views are in contrast with those of Rory McIlroy, who earlier said he doesn’t think “any of those guys should be on the Ryder Cup team”. Fitzpatrick, speaking ahead of the Italian Open, which is being held at the 2023 Ryder Cup host course, the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, revealed he has already spoken to one player who has left to join LIV to tell him he’d happily have him as a teammate.

“I said it last week, and I just want to win the Ryder Cup, so in my opinion, I want to be part of the team myself but I want the 11 best guys we can get,” said Fitzpatrick. “I'm not really too bothered about where they are going to come from. I just want to make sure that we win and I think that's what's most important. I know other guys might not necessarily agree with that but I know the winning feeling is worth more than any sort of arguments you might have with other players.

“There's only one that I had a conversation with last week. I told him I'd happily have him on the team. I'd have no issues. As I said, I want to win, and if that means having whoever on the team, that's all that matters to me. I haven't spoken to the others but I spoke to one and I told him my thoughts and feelings about the matter.”

McIlroy, who is also set to tee it up at the Italian Open, is adamant that whether those who have left for LIV Golf are available or not, Luke Donald will be better served by blooding some more youthful players, and leaving the likes of Europe’s record scorer Sergio Garcia, their joint record appearance maker Lee Westwood, and other veterans like Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Henrik Stenson on the sidelines.

Jeff Kimber
Freelance Staff Writer

Jeff graduated from Leeds University in Business Studies and Media in 1996 and did a post grad in journalism at Sheffield College in 1997. His first jobs were on Slam Dunk (basketball) and Football Monthly magazines, and he's worked for the Sunday Times, Press Association and ESPN. He has faced golfing greats Sam Torrance and Sergio Garcia, but on the poker felt rather than the golf course. Jeff's favourite course played is Sandy Lane in Barbados, which went far better than when he played Matfen Hall in Northumberland, where he crashed the buggy on the way to the 1st tee!