Northern Irishman declines interest in the Premier Golf League, the first marquee player to dismiss the upstart tour
Declined: Interest in the proposed Premier Golf League, by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world. McIlroy, 30, a four-time major champion, told the media Wednesday in Mexico City, site of this week’s WGC Mexico Championship, that he won’t leave the PGA and European tours for the proposed circuit. “I would like to be on the right side of history on this one,” McIlroy said. “The more I’ve thought about it, the more I don’t like it. The one thing as a professional golfer in my position that I value is the fact that I have autonomy and freedom over everything that I do. … For me, I’m out.” McIlroy is the first marquee player to emphatically state that he would not consider a move to the PGL, which would feature 12 four-man teams that would be required to play 18 events worldwide for $10 million purses, beginning as soon as 2022. Tiger Woods said recently that he has been approached by the league and is reviewing the proposal. The PGA Tour has issued an ultimatum to its members, with commissioner Jay Monahan saying, essentially, it’s us or them. Recently, executives from other industries advised the existing tours that it’s time to innovate in the face of a potential disruptor.
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