ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Rory McIlroy says it will likely be higher for the well being of the game if The Open winner shouldn’t be from the breakaway LIV Golf Collection, and he backs the R&A’s determination to not invite Greg Norman to the match’s one hundred and fiftieth anniversary celebrations.
McIlroy spoke Tuesday at St. Andrews as he appears to be like so as to add a second Open title to the one he gained again in 2014 at Royal Liverpool. This version of The Open comes as the sport is dominated by discuss of the breakaway LIV Golf collection, a brand new circuit being financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund.
“Selfishly, for me, sure,” McIlroy mentioned when requested whether or not The Open winner this yr shouldn’t be a part of LIV Golf. “However on the finish of the day, everybody that is right here has the identical alternative to go on the market and attempt to win a Claret Jug, no matter what Tour they play on or no matter that’s.
“Whoever wins right here on the finish of the week must be recommended for one of many best achievements this sport has to supply.”
McIlroy has been a outstanding critic of the LIV Collection, which is run by Norman. The CEO of LIV Golf, who gained the 1986 Open at Turnberry and once more at St. George’s in 1993, has poached a number of gamers from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour for the brand new collection.
However R&A didn’t invite Norman to the celebrations this week, which means he missed out on the Champions Dinner and the R&A Celebration of Champions competitors.
McIlroy, who performed alongside Tiger Woods, Georgia Corridor and Lee Trevino within the Champions competitors on Monday, mentioned, “I feel the main target would have been taken away a bit bit if [Norman had] been right here.
“I supported that call, and I feel proper now, due to every thing that is occurring within the golf world, I feel it was the precise determination to be made. But when issues change sooner or later, or no matter occurs, who is aware of, however I may see a day the place he is actually welcome again.”
The R&A defined the choice in an announcement Saturday: “The one hundred and fiftieth Open is an especially necessary milestone for golf and we wish to be sure that the main target stays on celebrating the Championship and its heritage. Sadly, we don’t consider that might be the case if Greg have been to attend. We hope that when circumstances enable Greg will have the ability to attend once more in future.”
Norman responded by saying the choice was “petty.”
“I am disenchanted. I might have thought the R&A would have stayed above all of it given their place in world golf,” Norman instructed Australian Golf Digest. “[It’s] petty, as all I’ve carried out is promote and develop the sport of golf globally, on and off the golf course, for greater than 4 many years.”