Over the last few months, a lot of controversy has surrounded LIV Golf, a new golf series that is attempting to challenge the PGA Tour. LIV Golf has successfully drawn a ton of attention for the massive purses, but also for where that money comes from. The LIV Golf Series is funded by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund. That has drawn a ton of criticism and no one had been more outspoken against LIV Golf than PGA Tour superstar Rory McIlroy.
On Wednesday, McIlroy was doing an interview with BBC Newsline and appears to have suddenly changed his tune a bit.
Rory switched up fast 😂😂😂
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“In the long term, I think it (LIV Golf) will make the game better… I think this has forced the (PGA) Tour's hand a bit and they have to adapt and change and I think that's what they are going to try to do… There's so much chat about where the money is coming from, with Saudi, and everything else… but they sponsor so many other things. They're all over sport. I understand people's reservations with everything, but at the same time, if these people are serious about investing billions of dollars into golf, I think ultimately that's a good thing.”
McIlroy went on to talk about how so many of the defected players are nearing the ends of their career. Players like Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, among many other big names, have left the PGA Tour for LIV Golf.
McIlory recently was quoted telling the defectors to not come back. Yet here he is admitting that if he were in a different part of his career, he might think about making the jump as well.
“If I was in their position, I'd have to seriously think about doing the same thing.”
That does not sound like someone who was making a stand for moral reasons.