LIV Golf has carried out extra than simply disrupt the established order of golf – it additionally appears to have created a wedge between outdated buddies.
Twenty-three-time PGA Tour winner Rory McIlroy was blunt at a press convention throughout the Hero Dubai Desert Classic final month when requested if he felt the necessity to restore his relationship with former Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia amid the likelihood that the Spaniard may nonetheless make the workforce in 2023.
“No,” he responded sharply.
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McIlroy has not shied away from making public remarks about PGA Tour defectors, saying in October that “it is the first time in my life that I have felt betrayal.”
The feeling is mutual with Garcia saying this week that the blame for his fractured relationship with McIlroy falls on him.
“I think it is very sad,” Garcia instructed The Telegraph Thursday. “I think that we’ve done so many things together and had so many experiences that for him to throw that away just because I decided to go to a different tour, well, it doesn’t seem very mature; lacking maturity, really.”
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“Rory’s got his own life, and he makes his own choices, the same way that I make mine. I respect his choice, but it seems like he doesn’t respect the ones I make. So a one-way street,” he continued.
Garcia and McIlroy have been longtime buddies each on and off the course, with McIlroy even being a groomsman in his wedding ceremony in 2017. Garcia instructed the outlet that whereas he’s not against a reconciliation, he doubts McIlroy is interested by one.
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“Sure, I don’t have a problem with him. He’s the one that has a problem,” he stated. “So if he wants to reconcile, then I’m willing to talk, but I’m not sure he’ll put himself down to that level.”
Garcia is the all-time Ryder Cup factors chief which means his absence from this yr’s match may spell bother for Team Europe, no matter anybody’s emotions about his present tour.