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Rory McIlroy Has ‘Low’ Confidence in PGA Tour-LIV Merger: ‘It’s Concerning’ | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

Written by on May 16, 2024

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Rory McIlroy’s optimism about a merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf is beginning to wane.

The four-time major champion pointed toward Jimmy Dunne’s resignation from the tour’s policy as a step backward, calling it “a huge loss for the PGA Tour.”

“It’s really, really disappointing, and you know, I think the tour is in a worse place because of it,” he said, per ESPN’s Mark Schlabach. “We’ll see. We’ll see where it goes from here, and we’ll see what happens. But you know, I would say my confidence level on something getting done before last week was, you know, as low as it had been. And then with this news of Jimmy resigning and knowing the relationship he has with the other side, and how much warmth there is from the other side, it’s concerning.”

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“The Tour is in a worse place because of it.”

Rory McIlroy shares his thoughts on Jimmy Dunne’s resignation from the PGA Tour policy board. pic.twitter.com/NWmdeCyUB0

It looked like the rivalry between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf was nearing an end when the two sides agreed to a tentative merger in June 2023. However, the partnership is no closer to being a reality in the nearly 12 months since.

Dunne painted a bleak picture in his resignation, writing that “no meaningful progress has been made towards a transaction with PIF,” per Sports Illustrated‘s Michael Rosenberg. He also cited the fact “players now outnumber the Independent Directors on the board” as a reason for his exit.

Speaking on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio show, Lucas Glover raised concerns with players gaining more influence on the policy board as well. He succinctly said this situation is showing “we have no business having the majority.”

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Lucas Glover reacts to the news that Jimmy Dunne has stepped away from the PGA TOUR policy board.

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When the battle lines were first drawn between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, no golfer arguably carried the tour banner more than McIlroy. He was the most visible face on the PGA Tour and beyond that defiant in his anti-LIV stance.

The 35-year-old subsequently walked back some of his earlier opinions and said he was “maybe a little judgmental of the guys” who jumped ship. In addition, he credited LIV Golf with indirectly pointing to ways the PGA Tour could improve.

His most recent comments will likely have some wondering whether McIlroy is inching closer toward doing what was previously unthinkable and leaving the tour behind.

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