RIDGELAND, S.C. — Rory McIlroy understands why Phil Mickelson stated the LIV Golf circuit is trending up and the PGA Tour is trending down, however he would not agree with the six-time main champions evaluation of the present state of maless skilled golf.
I do not agree with what Phil stated final week, McIlroy stated Wednesday forward of this weeks CJ Cup at Congaree Golf Membership. I perceive why he stated it due to the place hes in, however I do not assume anybody that takes a logical view of the sport of golf can agree with what he stated.
The sphere for the CJ Cup consists of 15 of the highest 20 gamers within the Official World Golf Rating. Just one LIV golfer, Australias Cameron Smith, is presently ranked within the high 20. LIV golfers have not acquired factors for the place they completed in LIV Golfs first seven occasions.
I suppose for them to be speaking the way in which theyre, it is daring, stated McIlroy, who received final yrs CJ Cup, which was held in Las Vegas. I believe there is a ton of propaganda getting used and all types of stuff. I actually do not see the PGA Tour trending downward in any respect. All of the expertise, 95% of the expertise is right here. You have received folks like Tom Kim coming by means of [who is] the way forward for our recreation.
Spains Jon Rahm, a pal of Mickelsons and a fellow former Arizona State star, additionally took exception to his feedback, which have been made to reporters eventually weeks LIV Golf Jeddah occasion in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabias Public Funding Fund is financing the LIV Golf circuit, which is being fronted by two-time Open Championship winner Greg Norman.
Man, I like Phil, however I do not know what he is speaking about, Rahm stated. I actually do not know why he stated that. … I believe theres some nice adjustments being made and nice adjustments for the gamers on the tour. I really do not know what drove him to say one thing like that.
Mickelson stated this previous Thursday that he was glad to be on the profitable facet of the divide between the LIV Golf Circuit and the PGA Tour.
Its important to decide what facet do you assume goes to achieve success, and I firmly consider that I am on the profitable facet of how issues are going to evolve and form within the coming years for skilled golf, he stated. We play towards lots of the very best gamers on the planet on LIV, and there are lots of the very best gamers on the planet on the PGA Tour.
And … till each side sit down and have a dialog and work one thing out, each side are going to proceed to alter and evolve. And I see LIV Golf trending upwards, I see the PGA Tour trending downwards and I like the facet that I am on.
Data from The Related Press was used on this report.