Over the course of this past summer, four-time major champion Rory McIlroy has remained one of the LIV Golf Series’ most notable and staunch critics and has moved on to the breakaway league. A week ago, when asked about his current relationship with his former Ryder Cup teammates who went to LIV Golf, he said “I won’t say that I have many relationships with them at the moment“Among other things.
On Wednesday, as many of Europe’s top players got ready to compete in the upcoming Italian Open outside Rome – the host of next year’s Ryder Cup – McIlroy recognized more criticism of the tournament due to Saudi Arabia. Saudi support. As reported by the Associated Press and ESPN, much of the discussion ahead of the Italian Open has revolved around who should and shouldn’t be in the 2023 Ryder Cup squad.
“I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times: I don’t think any of those people should be on the Ryder Cup team,” McIlroy said.
Other members of the European Tour and/or PGA Tour have slightly different views than McIlroy, such as US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick and Europe captain Luke Donald.
“I just want to make sure we win,” said Fitzpatrick, noting that he is open to having LIV Golfers on the European team. “I just want to win the Ryder Cup. … I want the best 11 players we can get. … I really don’t mind where they will come from.”
Donald says he’s in “limb,” as people are waiting for the conflict to be decided in court. The 45-year-old was appointed captain in August after Henrik Stenson was appointed stripped of title in July after deciding to join LIV Golf.
“Nothing has really changed since I was appointed,” Donald said. “We’re still a bit of a mess. We don’t know what’s going to happen with the lawsuit so I’m trying not to really put too much effort into it. Once we have a clearer picture, I’m going to try and get it right. can give you better answers.”
As reported by the Associated Press and ESPN, European Ryder Cup players Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are among the LIV golfers who did not attend the Italian Open. DP World Tour Event take place from Thursday to Sunday.