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Rory McIlroy says he is "so sick" of talking about the rumoured Saudi Super League as speculation continues to grow over the potential of a breakaway circuit and which players might sign up.
McIlroy also described the prospect of a super league as "a massive risk" and said the fact that he, along with the world's top two players Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa are sticking with the PGA Tour, "has to tell you something."
"Oh, I'm so sick of it," McIlroy said of the rumoured new golf league ahead of this week's Genesis Invitational. "Curious, I don't know if I'm curious, but yeah, look, I guess I'm intrigued who would -- certainly for the younger guys, like it just seems a massive risk and I can maybe make sense of it for the guys that are getting to the latter stages of their career, for sure.
"I don't think that's what a rival golf league is really, that's not what they're going to want, is it? They don't want some sort of league that's like a pre-Champions Tour. I don't know, yeah, like I guess I understand the financial part of it for guys that are later on in their career. You look at the people that have already said no, Rahm, No. 1 in the world, Collin Morikawa, myself. Like you've got the top players in the world are saying no, so that has to tell you something."
Earlier in the day, the four-time Major winner was asked about the Saudi-backed golf league by Golf Digest, where he said that the money isn't going to change their lives, whilst players who leave the PGA Tour would be "tarnishing" their reputations.
“Look, I’ve lived it—for the top guys, all that money really isn’t going to change their life,” McIlroy told Golf Digest (opens in new tab). “I’m in a way better financial position than I was a decade ago and my life is no different. I still use the same three, four rooms in my house. I just don’t see the value in tarnishing a reputation for extra millions.”
It's been a big week of speculation with sources saying that Bryson DeChambeau has signed up for the rumoured league and PGA Tour player Kramer Hickok saying he thinks 17 players have signed up already.
Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Honma TR20
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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