On Monday, England’s Ian Poulter was informed he could play at this week’s Scottish Open after an appeal against his ban was upheld. North Irish golfer Rory Mcllroy, seems, to be having none of it. After the JP McManus Pro-Am, in a press conference, he slammed the golfers who joined the controversial Saudi-backed Series, particularly his Ryder Cup teammates. “I think at this stage, if you go over and play on a different tour, then go over and play on a different tour,” said McIlroy.
Poulter and his fellow LIV rebels were handed a £100,000 fine and a ban from this week’s Scottish Open by the DP World Tour following their decision to defect. In response, the Englishman led a legal battle against the tour in order to overturn his punishment, which proved successful on Monday. The 46-year-old was not the only defector to benefit from the decision, with Justin Harding and Adrian Otaegui also having their suspensions overturned.
“I don’t resent anyone”
“This whole having your cake and eating it type thing is what the resentment [stems from] within the [PGA and DP World Tour] membership”. Mcllroy’s comments echo the sentiments of American Billy Horschel, who launched a scathing attack on those who have joined the Saudi-backed series on Monday, branding them “hypocrites and liars”. Poulter was among a number of high-profile players to have been indefinitely suspended by the PGA Tour by signing up for the LIV project.
That move prompted 16 players to threaten legal action if the bans were to be upheld, and it’s that move that has caused some resentment, according to world number two Mcllroy. “That’s the tricky part and I think that’s where some of the resentment comes from,” added the 33-year-old. “For me, I don’t resent anyone. A lot of these guys are my friends and they’re still going to be my friends regardless of the decisions they make.”
“I understand why guys have gone,” Mcllroy said. “Especially the guys who are in the latter stages of their career, and if I was in their position I’d seriously have to think about doing the same thing as I understand.” “It’s the younger guys to me that it’s hard to understand because I feel like they’re losing a few years of their competitive career for monetary reasons.“