ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 15: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland speaks to the media during a press conference for the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at Bay Hill on March 15, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

There has not been a more outspoken critic of LIV Golf than PGA Tour superstar Rory McIlroy. And even after news of a reported “merger” between LIV and the PGA Tour, McIlroy isn’t backing down from his stance against LIV Golf.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Rory McIlroy made it clear that he is still not a fan of LIV despite Tuesday’s announcement.

“It’s not LIV – I think that’s the thing,” McIlroy said. “I still hate LIV. Like, I *hate* LIV. I hope it goes away and fully expect that it does. I think that’s where the distinction here is – this the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and the PIF.”

McIlroy also expressed frustration that the news is being characterized as a “merger” between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. Because he does not see that as what’s happening.



“I think the one thing that I think was really misconstrued yesterday was all of the headlines were ‘PGA Tour merges with LIV,’“ McIlroy said. “LIV has nothing to do with this. It’s the PGA Tour, the DP World Tour and the Public Investment Fund are basically partnering to create a new company.

“I think that’s where I was a little frustrated. Because all I’ve wanted to do and all I’ve wanted in the past year is to protect the future of the PGA Tour and protect the aspirational nature of what the PGA Tour stands for. And I hope that this does that.

As McIlroy points out, this just gives the PGA Tour power over LIV Golf.

“This new company sits above everything and Jay [Monahan] is the CEO of that. So technically, anyone that is involved with LIV would answer to Jay.”

So it’s clear that McIlroy still isn’t a fan of LIV.

[Sky Sports News]