Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy provide similar views for players leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf

More players than expected jumped to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, but the PGA Tour still retains the ones it needs most. Two of them, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy, will play at the RBC Canadian Open this week, where McIlroy is the defending champion. As two of the greatest golf ambassadors and two of today’s great champions, they were asked about the first LIV Golf event in London this week.

Not surprisingly, they had something to say. Thomas went first and focused on people – some of whom are friends – playing in London for the $ 25 million-funded bag from the Saudi government this week.

“It’s unpleasant. I mean, I think a lot of us are – I don’t know if irritation or fatigue is the right way. I mean, it’s just one of those things,” Thomas said. “I thought about it a lot and it seems like people have the right to choose as they want.

“I don’t like DJing right now. I don’t think he’s a bad guy. I will not treat him differently. He has the right to choose as he wishes. I think the day and age we live in now is just so negative that you see it in everything. Sport, politics, whatever, it’s like if you don’t agree with someone, you just feel you have a right to hate and speak ill of them and just find their decision when everyone has a right to their own opinion, you know What do I mean?

“As I said, that doesn’t make him a bad person. Now I am disappointed and I wish he and the others had not done it, but this is their decision. I’ve said it all along, as if boys can do whatever they want. If they want to go, they can go. If they want to stay, they can stay.

“I think selfishly and know that the PGA Tour is the best place to play in the world and the solution is theirs and that’s it, but … I would like it not to take or I would like not to take away from the great storylines and things which take place on a tour that has existed for a very long time and is in one of the best places he has been. It’s just a pity these guys win. not to be a part of it. “

This is an exceptional point of view in which JT developed while growing up in Tour, which requires a lot of humility and good prospects to be accepted. Thomas seems to have taken a few things from McIlroy’s press conferences that need to be seen in the last few years. He was again on point with the LIV situation on Wednesday.

“I think my position on the issue was pretty clear from the start,” McIlroy said. “It’s not something I want to be involved in. Of course, I understand the boys who went. I understand what their goals and ambitions are in their lives. I certainly don’t want anyone to go. This is their life, it is their decision, they can live it as they wish.

“But for me I want to play in the PGA Tour against the best players in the world. And I think for me, talking to a few people yesterday and one of the comments was … every decision you make in your life is purely for money, usually not going the right way. Obviously money is the deciding factor in many things in this world, but if it’s pure money, it’s not, it never seems, you know, it never seems to go the way you want it to. “

Bryson DeChambeau reportedly received $ 100 million to make the movewhich means LIV Golf (reportedly) has spent nearly half a billion dollars on DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

“I’ve had this a few times in my life, and there are other things that are part of it,” McIlroy continued. “But this is a strange time in professional golf and I said it a few weeks ago, we’ll just have to see how it goes this season and if some other guys decide to go in a direction other than the established tours, I guess, and look what they are.” the consequences.

“At the moment, I can only speak for myself in person, this is not something I ever imagine. I am happy to play in the PGA Tour and I have a good schedule that I can choose for myself. I can spend a lot of time at home with my family if I want to, I prioritize majors and yes, there is nothing about my schedule, or my life, or my earnings or anything that I would change. “

For a week that wasn’t great for the PGA Tour, it was silver. Two of the most important people in golf for the future of the Tour. Whether this is enough to support the Tour as it tries to weather this storm and remain completely intact remains to be seen, but after a few days of engulfing blows, the people running the Tour need to find some comfort in who they are. they still have it in their corner.

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