Rory McIlroy criticizes some LIV Golf players for their ‘dual’ decisions as Brooks Koepka leaves the PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy isn’t known to utter words, and the four-time main winner has been particularly assertive recently while addressing the state of the game and the future of the PGA Tour amid the rise of LIV Golf. Ahead of this week’s Travelers Championship, McIlroy was perhaps most direct when asked to address shifting loyalties, referring to a few of his peers as “doubles” to back out of their previously announced commitments on the PGA Tour.

Ask us directly about Brooks Koepka decides to play at LIV Golf Having previously confirmed that he is not interested in joining the Saudi Arabia-backed league, the Northern Irishman has not backed down.

“Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he said earlier,” McIlroy said. “I guess that’s why I’m surprised a lot of these people say one thing and then do another, and I don’t get it. I don’t know if it’s for legal reasons or if they can’t — I have no idea — but it’s Too deceitful to say one thing and then do another. ”

Ahead of the US Open, Kupka slammed the media aggregator for inquiring about LIV Golf, saying that questions about the league were inappropriate and it was “throwing this black cloud over the US Open,” one of this year’s favorite events. McIlroy made it clear that he wasn’t just referring to comments from last week.

“The whole way,” McIlroy said. “The whole way, in public and in private, all of that.”

Last February, Koepka said he and “everyone here is happy” with the PGA Tour. Later that month at the Honda Classic, he was more vocal with his thoughts on those who might choose payday over prestige.

“Everyone is talking about money. They’ve had enough of it,” Koepka said. “I don’t see it regressing; they can only double down [the offers]And they will find out. [LIV Golf will] Get their youth. Someone will sell everything they have and go for it.”

McIlroy, who is seeing his track debut this season, is aiming to win his second championship in three attempts this week in Cromwell, Connecticut. With the PGA Tour planning to expand portfolios of select events throughout the schedule in hopes of stemming the flow of its stars from leaving for LIV Golf, the 21-time winner of the tour said he wasn’t concerned about events not receiving boosted portfolios dwindling in the eyes of his peers.

“Look, there’s obviously going to be some high-altitude events coming here, and I think that’s important. I think it’s important for the future of the Tour, and it’s important for where we are now,” McIlroy said, “but I don’t think it’s going to reduce any other tournaments. Players love to play it, and they will come back and keep playing it.”

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