The conflict between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf Series is like the Avengers movie Civil War. Everyone is involved, managers, legends and c
The conflict between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf Series is like the Avengers movie Civil War. Everyone is involved, managers, legends and current players.
This week in Europe the BMW PGA Championship is being played on the DP World Tour and LIV players can compete so there will be many awkward moments.
Rory McIlroy is the spokesman, faithful defender of the PGA Tour and in the conference prior to the tournament he ‘trolled’ his colleagues from the rival League.
Q. If come Sunday you find yourself in contention and the man to the side of you is a LIV player, would there be more incentive to win?
RM: I mean, I’ll be trying to win a golf tournament regardless. They are going to be pretty tired on Sunday; it will be the fourth day.
— Rex Hoggard (@RexHoggardGC) September 7, 2022
The reporter’s question was if on Sunday you find yourself contending for the win with an LIV player, would there be an even bigger incentive to win?
McIlroy replied “I’m going to try to win the golf tournament no matter. They’re going to be very tired on Sunday; it’s going to be their fourth day.”
That answer is due to the fact that LIV tournaments are played in three rounds instead of four as is customary on the PGA Tour or the European tour.
Other PGA Tour players such as Billy Horschel and Jon Rahm criticized LIV players who have decided to participate in the BMW PGA Championship.
“Abraham Ancer, Talor Gooch… You have never played this tournament, they have never supported the European Tour. Why are you here? You are here for a reason only to look for world ranking points because you don’t have it,” he commented. Horschel.
“It’s pretty hypocritical, coming here and playing outside of LIV when part of what you were saying is that you wanted to spend more time with family and you wanted to play less golf.”
The Spanish Jon Rahm also does not agree with the participation of these players.
“Having the opportunity just because they can get world ranking points and they can get into the majors next year,” Rahm said.
He added that a friend of his, Alfredo Garcia-Heredia cannot play the BMW PGA Championship despite participating in 20 events on the European Tour in the season in order to accommodate LIV players.
Ranking points are important because for those who went to LIV and don’t have their place in next year’s majors assured by winning one of the big ones in recent seasons, the only way to enter is through ranking points.
For example, the Mexican Abraham Ancer, unless something changes or the LIV Golf tournaments also give points in the world ranking, he will not be able to play in the 2023 majors.