Rory McIlroy dismissed the relaunched talks of a golf Super League on Wednesday as a “cash grab” as the PGA Tour reportedly warned players they could face a lifetime ban if they enter the tournament. lucrative separation tour.
The 32-year-old Northern Ireland star likened the notion to the failure of the European Super League’s football program and said winning majors was more of a driving force for top golfers than seeking success. money in a rebel circuit.
“Go back to what happened last week in Europe with the European Football Super League,” said McIlroy.
“People can see it for what it is, which is seizing money, which is good if that’s what you golf for is to make as much money as you can.” . Absolutely fine, so go ahead and do it if that’s what makes you happy.
“But I think the best players in the game, I’m just talking about my own personal beliefs, like I’m playing this game to try to solidify my place in history and my legacy and win major championships and win the biggest tournaments. in the world.
“I am very against it. I don’t see what anyone would do with it. “
PGA U.S. Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan reportedly told players on Tuesday at this week’s tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina that any player joining a rival series could face an immediate lifetime ban from the tournament. PGA.
Keith Pelley, general manager of the European Tour, said his tour is united with the US PGA Tour to oppose any alternative golf league “on the strongest possible terms” and that this will include ineligibility at the Ryder Cup.
McIlroy said he would have no problem with extreme punishment for deserters from established golf tours.
“You have to protect your product, don’t you? You have to protect what you have, ”McIlroy said. “It’s a competitive threat. And Jay faced us last night. It is in the statutes that were written by the members.
“If I was in charge of the PGA Tour I would do the same. “
According to several reports, Super League Golf, the latest version of the former Premier Golf League, plans to host five events with 16 players split into four teams of four players playing for tag team and individual titles with $ 20-30 million. just for participation.
Among the league’s announced targets are Dustin Johnson, world number two Justin Thomas, reigning Olympic champion Justin Rose of England, four-time major winner Brooks Koepka, three-time major winner Jordan Spieth and last month’s Masters winner. , the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama. .
“I don’t have a lot of interest,” Thomas said. “I love it here on the PGA Tour and we’re very lucky to go to amazing places and play for a lot of money. I’m very happy and very happy with everything it’s been doing here.
“Personally, I want to be world number one and win as many majors as possible, win as many tournaments as I can and do historic things on the PGA Tour.
“If I had to go do this then all these things would go down the drain and I can’t do this.”
2012 US Open winner Webb Simpson said the rebel league seemed “far-fetched” from the start.
“It’s hard for me to believe this is really going to happen and that the guys are really going to get off the ship,” Simpson said. “There are too many unknowns and things to solve for this to really work.
“Most of these guys, they’re financially determined. They want to break records. They want to win. I don’t think throwing X amounts of money at guys is as appealing now as it maybe once was. “
“If I’m a guy who’s about to make history like Dustin or some other top guys, I want to go get records, not a dollar. “
McIlroy, ranked 15th, said the PGA and European Tours are the best golf system possible.
“I don’t think there’s a better structure in place and I don’t think there will be,” said McIlroy.
– “Very careful movement” –
McIlroy also pointed out a new US PGA bonus program providing more money to the most popular players as a method of fighting the guaranteed Super League money.
“Everyone knows it was kind of designed to try and appease some people who were having their heads turned by different leagues,” McIlroy said. “I think it’s a very careful decision on the part of the tour. “
McIlroy doesn’t see a breakaway tour attracting enough player support to become real.
“I just can’t see how this is going,” McIlroy said. “What about the possibility that people, if they go in that direction, might not be able to participate in the biggest tournaments in the game?”
“Golf is steeped in history and… if you stray from it, you lose most of what competitive golf is. “
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