McIlroy calls for union on planet golf

Rory McIlroy said that he PGA Tours and the DP World Tour should have talks with the LIV Golffinanced by Saudi Arabia, as the growing tension between the circuits is “splitting the game”.

Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson they are among several top players to have joined the lucrative series, which led to suspensions and fines on tours of the United States and Europe.

McIlroy, a four-time major winner, has been one of the most outspoken critics of circuit breakaways, but said now was the time to find common ground.

“That has to happen,” McIlroy told BBC Sport when asked if peace talks should take place. “I wish there wasn’t this mess. Everyone has to give in and change and try to be better. The road is not good. We are dividing our sport instead of uniting it.”

McIlroy highlighted the increased prize money on offer on the Ladies European Tour thanks to the sponsorship of Saudi state-owned energy giant Aramco, which is also a global partner of Formula One.

“There’s a lot of talk about where the money comes from, Saudi Arabia and everything else. They sponsor a lot of other things. They’re all over the sport,” he said. “I understand people’s reservations about things, but at the same time, if these people are serious about investing billions of dollars in golf, I think ultimately that’s a good thing. It must be done the right way,” he said.