The LIV Golf International series kicks off next week, and Rory McIlroy has commented on the whole situation from sky sports, regarding the courses and players in the tournament.
“I certainly don’t think the pitch is something to jump up and down.
Watch the pitch this week [at the Memorial Tournament]. Watch the pitch next week in Canada. These are real golf tournaments. I have very close friends who attend this event and I certainly wouldn’t want to stop them from doing what they think is right for themselves.
It’s definitely not something I personally would do. But I certainly understand why some of the guys left. “When I turned professional, I was playing for money. All I wanted was to get my circuit card and make a living playing golf.
You need a job and you need to earn money to buy yourself a house.” – said McIlroy for skysports.
We talk a lot about money, which is the main motivation for most players, and Rory had something to say about that.
“Do I play golf for money now? No. My circumstances have changed over the years. But when I started playing professionally, yes, money was at the top of the list. Guaranteed a job next year.
It’s hard to stay in the top 125, especially when you’re in your 40s and maybe don’t hit the ball as far as you used to. As we have seen, it is a young man’s game these days. “So if another entity comes along and says, ‘we’re guaranteeing you that amount for three years,’ plus you’re playing for a ton more prize money, you’re playing fewer events, and you can spend more time with your family. it’s very appealing to some of these guys who are in that position.
“Again, I’m not in that position, and it’s not something I would do. But you have to try to put yourself in other people’s shoes and see where they’re coming from.”