McIlroy On PGL: 'Didn't Like Where The Money Was Coming From'

The World Number One has reiterated his comments on the Premier Golf League

McIlroy On PGL: 'Didn't Like Where The Money Was Coming From'
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The World Number One has reiterated his comments on the Premier Golf League

McIlroy On PGL: 'Didn't Like Where The Money Was Coming From'

Rory McIlroy has reiterated his comments on the Premier Golf League, saying that he is glad that he was the first one to speak out against it.

The World No.1, speaking with Golf Central after his opening 66 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, also said that he didn't like where the money was coming from.

The newly-proposed Premier Golf League would have 48 players contracted to play in 18 tournaments.

It has a number of funders, including the Saudi Public Investment Fund, which we believe is what McIlroy was referring to.

“The reason I said what I said is because, we were in Mexico a couple of weeks ago and some people decided not to go, but that was their choice,” McIlroy said on the Golf Channel's Golf Central programme about his initial PGL comments.

At the WGC-Mexico Championship, he said that he was "out" and that the more he thought about it, the more he didn't like it.

“That was the freedom they had, they have autonomy over their schedule, and they can pick and choose when and where they want to play," he continued.

"Where, we go to this new league, that’s not going to be the case.

"You are going to be contracted to play 18 events, they're going to tell you where and when you should be there, and as a golfer and an independent contractor, I didn’t like the sound of that.

“I didn’t really like where the money was coming from either, and I wanted to be the first one to speak out against it, and I’m glad that I have,” McIlroy said.

Watch a clip of his interview below:

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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