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Don’t expect Rory McIlroy to leave the PGA Tour for the start-up LIV Golf Invitational Series anytime soon.
Moments after winning Sunday’s RBC Canadian Open, McIlory used his media availability to pump up the PGA Tour and take a shot at Greg Norman, commissioner of LIV Golf and CEO of LIV Golf Investments.
“This is a day I’ll remember for a long, long time,“ McIlroy said after his win. “Twenty-one PGA Tour wins, one more than somebody else.”
That “somebody else,” is obviously Norman, who earned 20 career PGA wins.
Rory McIlroy: "21st win, one more than someone else."
Greg Norman has 20 PGA Tour wins.
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McIlroy shot an 8-under 62 to claim the win Sunday. Justin Thomas and Tony Finau applied steady pressure all weekend, and their competition (and the perceived lack of competition in the LIV Invitational Series) wasn’t lost on McIlroy.
“I feel like it’s getting tougher and tougher to win on the PGA Tour. Just look at the two guys that I played with today,” McIlroy stated post-win. “I went out with a lead and had to shoot 8-under par to get the job done. So the depth of talent on this tour is really, really impressive. And going up against guys like J.T. and Tony and coming out on top, that’s something to feel really good about.”
The 33-year-old McIlroy took home just more than $1.5 million for his weekend win.
Before ending his media availability, McIlroy took one last shot at Norman and the deep-pocketed Saudi golf league, which held their first tournament in London this weekend.
“I had extra motivation of what’s going on across the pond,” said McIlroy. “The guy that’s spearheading that tour (Norman) has 20 wins on the PGA Tour and I was tied with him and I wanted to get one ahead of him. And I did. So, that was really cool for me, just a little sense of pride on that one.”
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Nothing wrong with competitors trash-talking one another. … all are entitled to express their opinions on any/all issues. If it “gets physical” when next they meet … thats OK too.
Yeah can you imagine the golden bear throwing out a childish remark like that smfh
Golden Bear 18 majors can’t see him making a childish no class remark like that btw RM 4 majors last one 8 years ago focus on that might help smfh
Pretty easy for someone with Nike deals and other endorsements to take shots. The fact that its at a retired golfer makes it even more self-serving and pathetic
The ridiculous comments by the PGA tour and players is inexplicable.
What do they all have to say about THIS from Jack Nicklaus?? Read it….mind blowing given what the PGA Tour is now saying. Have the 911 groups said anything about The Greatest of all time doing business and promoting Saudi Golf? Its right here if anyone chose to look:
Just read his own statements. Everything Monahan has said is contradicted by the Bear himself in that story on his own site….and NOBODY, including Clay Travis says Boo about it!?
Hey Clay, why don’t you post Nicklaus’ own comments or ask why its ok for Jack to take the money..just not the rest of us.
If the Saudi’s had proposed a big Tournament on the PGA Tour, they wouldn’t be discussing or caring about anything the Saudis have done. The moral posturing os only done because it suits the PGA’s current interests.
And Rory is a little corporate bitch. Not surprised he’s make such bitchy comments. I think it actually turns off a lot of golf fans.