Rory McIlroy has revealed the true reason behind his decision to resign from the PGA Tour policy board this week, insisting that “something had to give”. The world No. 2 has become the unofficial player spokesperson of the PGA Tour since it came under threat from the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series two years ago.
But despite holding a position of significant influence within golf’s most esteemed organisation, the Northern Irishman sprung a surprise this week by stepping down from the board to concentrate on other matters in his life, not least trying to win another major.
McIlroy is in Dubai for the DP World Tour Title Challenge and it was here that he has offered some reasoning behind his decision.
Speaking to Sky Sports, McIlroy said: “I’ve got a lot going on in my life between my golf game and my family, my growing investment portfolio, my involvement in TGL and I just felt like something had to give.
“I just didn’t feel like I could commit the time and the energy into doing that. I don’t mind being busy I just like being busy doing my own stuff. Something had to give and there’s guys that are on that board that are spending a lot more time and energy on it than I am. It’s in good hands and I felt like it was the right time to step off.”
McIlroy’s resignation comes at a time when the PGA Tour is locked in negotiations with LIV Golf and the DP World Tour about ratifying the details of the ‘framework agreement’ that was announced between the three parties in June, which brought to an end months of legal battles between the PGA and LIV.
A deadline of December 31 to officially settle on the deal is fast approaching but according to ESPN, a meeting that was attended by McIlroy’s close alley Tiger Woods and other player representatives is reported to have taken place that offered some insight into what the proposed deal may entail.
It is claimed that players on the PGA Tour will be offered part-ownership of a new for-profit golf project that will come about from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf merger.
Precious little detail has emerged from the talks but McIlroy insists that is not something people should be worrying about.
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Speaking about the merger deadline: “I think if you were in the middle of it, you would see that there’s a path forward. It’s just that no one on the outside has any details. Loose lips sink ships, so we are trying to keep it tight and within walls. I’m sure when there’s news to tell, it will be told.
“I think getting something done sooner rather than later is a good thing, because you know, even if we get a deal done, it doesn’t mean that it’s actually going to happen.”
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