'I Hate What It's Doing To The Game Of Golf' - McIlroy On LIV Golf

Following his win at East Lake, Rory also claimed that seeing LIV golfers at Wentworth is 'going to be hard to stomach'

McIlroy wipes his brow holding his hat
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On Sunday evening, Rory McIlroy made history as he became the first PGA Tour player to secure three FedEx Cup championships. Defeating World No.1, Scottie Scheffler by one stroke, the four-time Major winner pocketed the $18 million first prize in the process.

In typical Rory fashion he was humble in victory, as he stated: "I feel like Scottie deserves half of this. He has had an unbelievable season and I feel sort of bad that I pipped him to the post. He's a hell of a competitor and an even better guy and it's been a privilege to battle him today."

Scheffler and McIlroy walk off the 18th green

Scheffler secured four PGA Tour titles in a stunning 2021/22 PGA Tour campaign

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However, again, Rory couldn't help but take a dig at LIV Golf, as the 33-year-old entered the media room with his arms aloft before shouting “Super Bowl champ!” A reference to Robert Walters, a lawyer who represented Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones in a court hearing after they were denied entry into the FedEx Cup playoffs. 

Rory didn't stop there though, as he made another joke at the expense of the Saudi-backed series. This time in the form of its 54-hole format, as he joked about leading the event for the first time on the 70th hole. “On the 70th hole is a nice time to take the lead of a golf tournament,’’ he explained. “Or the 52nd hole if you play somewhere else."

It's not the first time that a jibe has been thrown. Following his win at the RBC Canadian Open, Rory made a point of stating that the victory was his 21st PGA Tour title, one more than LIV Golf CEO, Greg Norman.

For all the joking though, the Northern Irishman wasn't afraid to give his thoughts on the Saudi-backed series, with Rory claiming that: “I hate what it's doing to the game of golf. I hate it. I really do."

As of writing, around 20 LIV golfers are expected to tee it up at the DP World Tour's flagship event at the BMW PGA Championship. For Rory, "it's going to be hard to stomach going to Wentworth in a couple of weeks' time and seeing 18 of them there. That just doesn't sit right with me."

He added: "I feel strongly. I believe what I'm saying are the right things, and I think when you believe that what you're saying is the right thing, you're happy to stick your neck out on the line.”

Recently, the PGA Tour revealed a number of changes to combat the LIV Golf threat, with Rory, alongside 15-time Major champion, Tiger Woods, launching a tech-focused golf league for 2024. The collaboration is with the PGA Tour, and is designed to compliment its current schedule and offerings.  

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x