McIlroy prepares to ‘abdomen’ LIV Golf gamers at Wentworth

ATLANTA (AP) — Rory McIlroy set the tone for a contentious week at Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship when he contemplated 18 gamers from Saudi-funded LIV Golf who’ve entered the European tour’s flagship occasion.

In his information convention Sunday after profitable the FedEx Cup, McIlroy was speaking about why he would not thoughts when he’s seemed upon because the PGA Tour’s strongest supporter because it tries to deal with LIV Golf. After which he took goal at LIV gamers.

“I hate what it is doing to the sport of golf. I hate it. I actually do,” McIlroy mentioned. “Like it may be laborious for me to abdomen going to Wentworth in a few weeks’ time and seeing 18 of them there. That simply would not sit proper with me.”

The record consists of Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, Bernd Wiesberger and Martin Kaymer. Westwood made a robust and correct protection of his need to play a prestigious occasion like Wentworth. No different prime European participant has supported the house circuit as he has finished over his profession.

Most curious are the Individuals within the area, who typically speak concerning the need to play much less as a motive — together with the cash — for becoming a member of Greg Norman’s league. That record consists of Talor Gooch, Kevin Na and Patrick Reed.

Here is the itinerary: Boston space this week. South of London subsequent week. Again to the suburbs southwest of Chicago the next week. And that is by alternative.

Then once more, the PGA BMW Championship is an opportunity to earn world rating factors as a result of LIV Golf has not been authorised for factors by the world rating board. Any resolution could possibly be 9 months away, at which level gamers may have fallen vastly.

Gooch is No. 45, one spot forward of latest LIV participant Harold Varner III. Patrick Reed, who as soon as referred to himself as a top-5 participant, is right down to No. 50

4 LIV gamers have been allowed to play within the Scottish Open beneath an emergency keep from a British courtroom. The European tour has discovered them what quantities to the equal of last-place cash from LIV occasions till a full listening to early subsequent week.

In the meantime, European tour CEO Keith Pelley despatched a memo to gamers Tuesday about his personal “robust opposition” to LIV gamers within the area at Wentworth. Pelley mentioned within the memo, which was obtained by Golf Channelthat LIV gamers won’t be required to play within the pro-am and won’t be in any of the teams featured on streaming.

COMING AND GOING

LIV Golf signed up six extra PGA Tour gamersand with the fields capped at 48 gamers, some gamers usually are not within the Boston space for this week’s occasion.

Most notable is the absence of Japanese gamers.

Three gamers from Japan have been to all of LIV Golf Invitational occasions — Ryosuke Kinoshita, Jinichiro Kozuma and Hideto Tanihara. Now there may be none. This comes after heavy courtship of former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama, who mentioned after the Tour Championship on Sunday he was not going to LIV.

Hennie Du Plessis of South Africa performed in all three. Hey is No. 7 on the cash record with simply over $2.4 million and isn’t within the Boston-area occasion. Justin Harding and Travis Smyth additionally usually are not within the area, having performed the earlier three.

Some gamers are occasion to occasion, with a multi-year contract. That may appear to be the case with Adrian Otaegui and Sihwan Kim. They’re again for Boston after lacking the earlier LIV occasion in New Jersey.

CHEVRON CHANGES

Chevron takes over as title sponsor for the LPGA Tour’s first main of the 12 months, shifting it from the California desert to Houston and elevating the prize fund to $5.1 million.

Match officers are also revising eligibility standards to create alternatives for amateurs from all around the world. Spots are being awarded to the winners of the US Ladies’s Newbie, Ladies’s British Newbie, Ladies’s Newbie Asia-Pacific, Ladies’s Latin America Newbie, Augusta Nationwide Ladies’s Newbie and Chevron Silverado Showdown.

Additionally, Chevron is providing a $5,000 stipend to each participant who misses the lower to assist with journey prices.

The match is April 20-23 — away from its earlier date one week earlier than the Masters — and will likely be held at The Membership at Carlton Woods.

KAPALUA BONUS

Ten gamers are eligible to start out subsequent 12 months at Kapalua on Maui for a Sentry Match of Champions that’s now not about present champions.

One of many adjustments involving the “elevated occasions” with large purses was to develop the Kapalua area to incorporate anybody from the Tour Championship. The PGA Tour additionally had that standards for January 2021 due to a shorter season introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These at East Lake who haven’t gained on the PGA Tour this 12 months: Sungjae Im, Aaron Clever, Viktor Hovland, Cameron Younger, Brian Harman, Collin Morikawa, Adam Scott, Corey Conners, Sahith Theegala and Scott Stallings.

The tour nonetheless has 9 tournaments the remainder of the 12 months. As of now, Younger and Theegala will likely be within the Match of Champions with out ever having gained. Two years in the past, that utilized to Scottie Scheffler and Abraham Ancer.

MONEY MANNERS

The 50 gamers who earn PGA Tour playing cards from the Korn Ferry Tour — both the common season or the three-event finals sequence — can count on a $500,000 deposit to start out the 12 months.

It is one of many new packages Commissioner Jay Monahan introduced final week. Everybody with a full card will get $500,000 that counts towards their earnings so they do not lose cash.

That is a profit for the underside. This season, the PGA Tour had 163 gamers who made $500,000 or extra. That compares with 42 gamers who made beneath $500,000 whereas taking part in not less than 15 tournaments.

For gamers who had 15 or extra begins, Joshua Creel made solely 4 cuts in 22 tournaments in his rookie season and earned $115,976.

Kyle Stanley was not a returning member (he was prime 125 the earlier 12 months). Stanley made $188,048 in 18 tournaments. On the finish of the season, the tour would have paid him $311,952 beneath this program.

DIVOTS

Because the PGA Tour returned from the COVID-19 pandemic-caused shutdown in June 2020, Xander Schauffele has not had a closing spherical over par in a daily PGA Tour occasion. … A giant 12 months is adopted by a small break for Rory McIlroy. He’s headed to England subsequent week for the BMW PGA Championship, adopted by the Italian Open to see the course that hosts the Ryder Cup subsequent 12 months. After per week off, he’s taking part in the Dunhill Hyperlinks in Scotland along with his father. He would have two weeks off earlier than the CJ Cup in South Carolina, which McIlroy gained final 12 months in Las Vegas. … Keita Nakajima and Rose Zhang are repeat winners of the Mark H. McCormack Medal for being the top-ranked amateurs for probably the most weeks of this 12 months.

STATE OF THE WEEK

The gamers who completed 1-2-3 at The Gamers Championship — Cameron Smith, Anirban Lahiri and Paul Casey — at the moment are a part of LIV Golf.

FINAL WORD

“I do know that my greatest stuff is sweet sufficient to win any match towards anyone on any golf course. That is one thing I can take away from immediately.” — Rory McIlroy after rallying from six pictures behind to win the Tour Championship.

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