McIlroy: “I’d love to get back to being a golfer”

Ronan MacNamara

Rory McIlroy (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy should not be acting as the unofficial PGA Tour Commissioner, and the stresses of strains of carrying the PGA Tour fight to LIV Golf are starting to take its toll on him.

McIlroy missed the cut at The PLAYERS Championship at a whimper, cutting a visibly frustrated figure during a poor 36-hole performance and he admitted after his second round that he feels his off course duties have taken priority over his performances in golf tournaments.

The Holywood native led the drive towards the 2024 PGA Tour changes and in almost every press conference he has given, he has had to field questions surrounding that and LIV Golf.

“I’d love to get back to being a golfer, yeah. Look, it’s been a busy couple of weeks, and it’s been — honestly it’s been a busy sort of six or eight months.

“But as I said at the start of the week, everything has sort of been announced now, and the wheels have been put in motion, so it should obviously quieten down from here.”

On the Tuesday of the PLAYERS, there was a players meeting and the four-time major winner feels it’s fair to suggest that the external factors around his role as PGA Tour spokesperson have had an affect on his recent underwhelming performances and how he prepares for tournaments.

“Yeah, it’s just the time management. The golf out here, that’s fine, but it’s just more the time at home to make sure you’re getting prepared, to make sure that you’re doing everything you can to be ready once you show up to these weeks. That’s where I’ve maybe sacrificed a little bit of time with some of this other stuff.

“As I said, I’m ready to get back to being purely a golfer.”

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