Rory McIlroy ‘Out of control’ PGA-LIV feud to continue for long time

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy has said the feud between the PGA Tour and the LIV Golf Series is “out of control” and warned it could shatter the sport for a long time.

In an interview with the Guardian, McIlroy described the atmosphere at the game as “us against them” and said the escalation of the feud was likely to become “irreparable”.

The Saudi-backed LIV series has lured some of the PGA Tour’s top members away with huge sums of money, while those who joined the competition have been suspended by the US-based organization.

LIV has filed a lawsuit alleging the PGA Tour antitrust violations, while the PGA Tour has filed a counterclaim.

“This ‘us vs them’ thing is already out of control,” McIlroy said.

“If the two units keep doubling in either direction, it just becomes irreparable. We will have a broken sport for a long time. It’s not good for anyone.”

Several of McIlroy’s former Ryder Cup team-mates, including Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia, have joined the controversial circuit and it’s unclear if they will be allowed to attend next year’s event.

Henrik Stenson was stripped of the Team Europe captaincy after joining the Saudi-backed series.

“I think it’s the first time in my life that I’ve felt betrayed in a way,” McIlroy added. “You bond with these people through Ryder Cups and other things. You know what they’re about to do will prevent them from ever being a part of it again?

“I would like to think that the Ryder Cup means as much to them as it does to me. Maybe he does. But knowing what the consequences could be, I could just never make that choice.”

McIlroy said players should have tried to solve their problems with the established tours instead of moving to LIV.

“I feel like they just left the place where they could build their legacy and build their brand,” he added.

“If people are feeling so saddened about some things, I’d rather try to make those changes within the walls than try to go outside and be disruptive.”

McIlroy returned to world No. 1 by winning the CJ Cup in South Carolina on Sunday.

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Emma Bowman

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