McIlroy: Hahn absence from players meeting ‘a slap in the face’

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If you talk the talk then you better walk the walk.

Rory McIlroy has hit back at James Hahn’s absence from this week’s players meeting and labelled it ‘a slap in the face’ after the world number 305 launched a scathing criticism of the proposed 2024 PGA Tour changes to the designated events which will see the top players play against each other in limited fields with no cuts.

It’s one thing shouting your mouth off to reporters but McIlroy appeared aggravated at the fact that Hahn failed to follow up his concerns with an appearance at the 90-minute players meeting on Tuesday at the PLAYERS Championship.

“Like, you say all this s— and you’re not even in the meeting? If you want to get informed and be a part of the process—the fact that he wasn’t even in the room was a slap in the face to everyone there,” McIlroy told reporters immediately after his news conference.

Hahn is without a win since 2016 and outside the top-300 in the OWGR which means he would be firmly on the outside looking in with regards to the PGA Tour changes.

Speaking to Golfweek, Hahn said of the changes: “I hate them. I’m gonna say exactly what 99.99 percent of fans said about players leaving for the LIV Tour. If our players just said, ‘We’re doing this for the money,’ I would have a lot more respect for them. But how they’re covering up what they’re doing and trying to make it a thing about sponsors and fans and saving opposite-field events. I think that’s all BS.
“Right now, they’re just covering their ass and saying everything that the PGA Tour basically has trained them to say, have taught them to say and try to make it not about money when everyone knows 100 percent it’s about more guaranteed money being funneled to the top players in the world. We’ve been talking about money for the last two years and for them not to say that that’s not the No. 1 reason why they’re making these changes—it’s very, very hypocritical.”

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