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Rory McIlroy brushes off LIV Golf questions ahead of PGA Championship

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Rory McIlroy is one of them. of the PGA Tour The biggest defense against LIV Golf, but after taking some time off after a tough performance at Augusta National, the four-time major champion has taken a different approach.

There appears to be little emphasis on the Saudi-backed rival circuit in this approach.

Rory McIlroy stands on the 10th hole during a practice round before the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York on May 16, 2023. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, PGA Championship In Rochester, N.Y., McIlroy responded in detail on a wide range of topics, including Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen.

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But mentioning it, live golf, As the one-year anniversary approached, McIlroy offered little.

“I don’t have a crystal ball,” McIlroy said when asked what he thought rival leagues would look like in three years.

When asked if he wanted to “guess,” he simply said “no.”

Rory McIlroy at a press conference ahead of the PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy speaks at a press conference ahead of the PGA Championship in Rochester, NY on May 16, 2023. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

When asked later by another reporter if he would make a “conscious” effort to “avoid” the PGA Tour vs. LIV narrative, McIlroy replied, “Yes.”


It’s his attempt to focus on his game again after a tough start to the year.

McIlroy was absent before Sentry Tournament of Champions He competed at Kapalua in early 2023, but also withdrew from RBC Heritage after failing to qualify for the Masters.

McIlroy was forfeited $3 million of his $12 million PIP earnings for missing two designated events.

Rory McIlroy walking in Augusta

Rory McIlroy and caddy Harry Diamond during the second round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia on April 7, 2023. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

McIlroy said of his pre-Wells break: “I’ve always thought I had a pretty good idea of ​​how things looked and where golf was in my life, and I’d like to find some purpose outside of golf. We are doing it,” he said. Fargo Championship earlier this month.


“But in the last 12 months, I feel like I’ve lost sight of that. There’s more to life than the world of golf and this little silly quarrel between tours and all sorts of other conflicts. I lost sight of the fact that there are things.” Things. “

McIlroy has been No. 1 in the world for 82 weeks and has won 18 tournaments around the world since his last major victory at the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla. Oak Hill is the next chance to finish 31 majors without a win.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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