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Rory McIlroy: 'They’re Thinking Short-Term. Some Are Younger Than Me'

Rory McIlroy: 'They’re Thinking Short-Term. Some Are Younger Than Me'
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Rory McIlroy's stance on the LIV Golf series has been clear since it was first rumoured: It doesn't interest him.

Several of the world's top golfers, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio García, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer, and Graeme McDowell have signed up to play in the series backed by money from a murderous Saudi regime with an appalling human rights record.

"It's not something that I want to participate in," McIlroy on Wednesday ahead of the Canadian Open.

"We all know why everyone’s playing in London this week, it’s boatloads of cash and it’s money up front and I get it. For some guys I totally get it.

"I think they’re thinking very short-term. Some of these guys are younger than me and have their whole careers ahead of them. That’s the thing I don’t get.


"Everyone has to do what’s right for themselves and who are we to say otherwise. I’m happy with what I’m doing and playing in a golf tournament and not just following all the drama on Twitter."

McIlroy continued: "I want to play on the PGA Tour against the best players in the world. Speaking to a few people yesterday and one of the comments was, anything, any decision that you make in your life that's purely for money usually doesn't end up going the right way.


"Obviously money is a deciding factor in a lot of things in this world, but if it's purely for money it's not, never seems to, you know, it never seems to go the way you want it to.

"I've had that before a couple of times in my life and there's other things that are a part of it too. It's a weird time in professional golf, and I said it a couple weeks ago, we're just going to have to see how this season plays out and if any other guys decide to go another direction than the established tours, and see what the consequences are.

"It's not something that I envision ever doing. I'm happy playing on the PGA Tour and I have a nice schedule that I can pick for myself. I can spend a lot of time at home with my family if I want to, prioritize the majors, and yeah, there's nothing about my schedule or my life or my earning or anything that I would change."


See Also: Poulter & Westwood Refuse To Answer Entirely Fair Moral Questions On LIV Golf

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