Rory McIlroy: There Is An Over Saturation In Golf

The World Number One says that being a golf fan can be quite exhausting because there are too many tournaments

Rory McIlroy: There Is An Over Saturation In Golf
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The World Number One says that being a golf fan can be quite exhausting because there are too many tournaments

Rory McIlroy: There Is An Over Saturation In Golf

Rory McIlroy has been clear on his stance over the newly-proposed Premier Golf League - he's out.

The World No.1 was quite clear that he was against the PGL, saying that the more he thinks about it, the more he doesn't like it.

He has, however, admitted that golf right now from a fan's perspective isn't perfect with no real off-season and 100s of events to follow each year when you take into account the PGA, European, LPGA and Ladies European Tours, as well as Challenge Tour and Senior events.

Speaking in terms of his world, the elite of men's golf, Rory says the game could do with being streamlined, with a few more smaller field events with no cut.

"I mean, I don't want to come across as all sort of elitist, but I think there is a some smaller fields, maybe a few more events with no cuts, maybe not necessarily -- if you look at the international properties that the PGA Tour have started to go towards, like Korea, Japan, 70-player fields, no cuts," he said.

"I mean I get playing opportunities...there's so many tournaments and there might be an over saturation in golf in a way.

"You look at the NFL and they play 18 games a year, 20 games a year max and people want it all the time.

"I know [American] football's different than golf and all that, but I think being a golf fan these days can get quite exhausting following so many different tournaments, different tours, all that stuff.

"So maybe making it a little, sort of streamline it a bit might be a good way -- a good place to start a conversation."

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5