McIlroy spoke on Tuesday at St Andrews as he looks to add a second title to the one he won again in 2014 at Royal Liverpool. This version of The Open comes with dominating talk of the LIV Golf series separated from the game, a new circuit funded by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.
Selfish, to me, yes,” McIlroy said when asked if this year’s World Open winner shouldn’t be part of Leaf Golf. “But at the end of the day, everyone here has the same opportunity to go there and try to win the Claret pot, no matter what round they’re playing in or whatever.
“Everyone who wins here this weekend must be commended for one of the greatest achievements this game has to offer.”
McIlroy has been a prominent critic of the LIV series, directed by Norman. The CEO of LIV Golf, who won the 1986 Open at Turnberry and again at St.
But R&A didn’t invite Norman to the celebrations this week, which means he missed the Champions Dinner and the R&A Celebration of Champions.
“I think the focus would have been a little bit off if it were,” said McIlroy, who played alongside Tiger Woods, Georgia Hall and Lee Trevino in Monday’s contest of champions. [Norman had] was here.
“I supported that decision, and I think that right now, because of everything that’s going on in the golf world, I think it was the right decision to make. But if things change in the future, or whatever happens, who knows, but I could one day see Where he is certainly welcomed again.”
The R&A Association explained the decision in a statement on Saturday: “The 150th Open is a very important milestone for golf and we want to ensure that the focus continues to be focused on celebrating the tournament and its legacy. Unfortunately, we don’t think that will be the case if Greg is to attend. We hope that he When conditions allow Greg Greg will be able to attend again in the future.”
Norman responded by saying the decision was “trivial.”
“I’m disappointed,” Norman told Australia’s Golf Digest. “I would have thought the R&A team would have been above all given their position in world golf.” “[It’s] Petty, as I have done all I have done has been promoting and growing the game of golf globally, on and off the golf course, for more than four decades.