Jun 4, 2022; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Rory McIIroy yells after this his tee shot went right on the 17th hole during Round 3 of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on June 4, 2022. Pga Memorial Tournament Round 3

Pro golfer Rory McIlroy has been one of the main PGA Tour voices speaking out against LIV Golf. He, along with Tiger Woods, has been the main steady force that has helped to keep the tour afloat despite being offered millions to jump ship.

The pair have been rewarded for their loyalty. However, Mcllroy has stepped back as PGA spokesman in recent months and has even decided not to be part of the PGA Tour board and stepped down.

Now, he wants back in but some board members don’t want him to rejoin the board. This appears to be because he has taken a softened stance against LIV Golf, which has turned some board members off.

“There’s been a lot of conversations. Sort of reminded me partly why I didn’t [stay on the board in the first place],” he said, per Golf Digest. “I think it just, it got pretty complicated and pretty messy and I think with the way it happened, I think it opened up some old wounds and scar tissue from things that have happened before … there was a subset of people on the board that were maybe uncomfortable with me coming back on for some reason. “I think the best course of action is if, you know, there’s some people on there that aren’t comfortable with me coming back on, then I think Webb (Simpson) just stays on and sees out his term, and I think he’s gotten to a place where he’s comfortable with doing that and I just sort of keep doing what I’m doing.”

Although he volunteered to help and was rejected, Mcllroy says there were no hard feelings.

“I put my hand up to help and it was … I wouldn’t say it was rejected, it was a complicated process to get through to put me back on there. So that’s all fine, no hard feelings and we’ll all move on,” Mcllroy said.

Webb Simpson seems to be the person leading the way to try and put McIlroy back on the board, but detractors include Patrick Cantlay.

You have to wonder if is it a mistake in not to let one of the world’s best golfers and a huge advocate for the PGA Tour not back on the board. It could open the door for LIV Golf to make a serious run at him again. Mcllroy seems to be steadfast in his loyalty to the PGA but that all could be tested.

He seems to be leaning more and more into this merger with LIV Golf. Even though it might won’t happen, it also may not be a shock if Mcllroy decides to eventually shift allegiances if the wind blows the right way. The PGA Board better hope they are doing the right thing because right now, they are playing a dangerous game.

{Golf Digest}

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