World No. 2 Rory McIlroy says it’s high time both sides in the biggest controversy ever to hit men’s professional golf sit-down and sort out their grievances.
McIlroy, as chair of the PGA Tour Players Advisory Committee, has been very much the sound piece for the PGA Tour with Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan seemingly determined and certainly of late, not to have anything to do with, working on any peace agreement.
Just yesterday in a remarkable turn in this golfing war of words Alfred Dunhill, sponsors of this week’s 21st hosting of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, issued a public statement calling on the two major protagonists – PGA Tour & LIV Golf – to get together to try and end the matter that continues to tear men’s golf apart.
Johann Rupert, chair of Richemont who run the Dunhill Links, is reported as saying in The Scotsman: “I think the fascinating thing is that I haven’t seen any animosity between LIV and non-LiV here.
“Yesterday, two of the major protagonists who were having a go at each other on Twitter recently were playing as partners in front of me,” added the multi-millionaire South African-born businessman.
“But look, I don’t want a fractured game. I never have. You look at some other sports and what’s happened and the game of golf. It’s ripping itself apart right now and that’s no good for anyone. It’s no good for the guys on, you know, this side or the sort of traditional system and it’s no good for the guys on the other side, either. It’s not good for anyone. There is a time and a place for it. I just think right now, with where everything is, it’s probably not the right time.
“Saying that, I don’t think we can let it go too much longer. So I’m all for everyone sitting around the table and trying to figure something out for sure.”