Rory McIlroy slams some LIV Golf players for ‘duplicit’ decisions as Brooks Koepka quits PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy isn’t known for mince words, and the four-time Major winner has been particularly vocal lately while addressing the state of the game and the future of the PGA Tour amid the rise of LIV Golf. Ahead of the Travelers Championship this week, McIlroy was perhaps most blunt when asked to address the switch of allegiance, calling some of his peers “duplicities” for giving up their previously stated commitments to the PGA Tour.

Asked directly about Brooks Koepka decides to play for LIV Golf after previously arguing he was not interested in joining the Saudi-backed league, the Northern Irishman didn’t hold back.

“Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he said previously,” McIlroy said. “I think that’s why I’m surprised by a lot of these guys because they say one thing and then they do another, and I don’t understand that. And I don’t know if it’s for reasons legal or if they can’t — I have no idea — but it’s pretty deceitful of them to say one thing and do another.”

Ahead of the US Open, Koepka slammed the assembled media for inquiring about LIV Golf, saying questions about the league were inappropriate and “casting that dark cloud over the US Open”, one of his favorite events. of the year. McIlroy clarified that he was not just referring to comments from last week.

“Throughout the course. Along the way, in public and in private, all of it,” McIlroy said.

In February, Koepka said he and “everyone here is happy” with the PGA Tour. Later that month at the Honda Classic, he was more direct with his thoughts on who might choose payday over prestige.

“Everyone is talking about money. They’ve had enough of it,” Koepka said. “I don’t see him backing down; they can just double [the offers]and they will understand. [LIV Golf will] get their guys. Someone will sell and go.”

McIlroy, who is enjoying a resurgence on the course this season, is aiming to win his second tournament in three tries this week in Cromwell, Connecticut. As the PGA Tour plans to extend purses to certain events across the schedule in hopes of stemming the flow of its stars leaving for LIV Golf, the 21-time touring winner says he won’t was concerned that events not receiving boosted purses would be diminished in the eyes of their peers.

“Look, there’s obviously going to be high events coming up here, and I think that’s important. I think that’s important for the future of the tour, and it’s important for where we are at. right now,” McIlroy said, “but I don’t think it’s going to downplay other tournaments. You’re going to have tournaments that guys love to play, and they’re going to come back and keep playing in them.

Michael C. Ford