Rory McIlroy was among many who no-showed a meeting led by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on Tuesday night.
According to the Associated Press, McIlroy was perhaps the biggest name who no-showed the meeting that took place. The Northern Ireland golfer made it clear that the meeting was the last thing on his mind, as he reportedly showed up drenched in sweat after he completed a workout.
“Rory McIlroy returned from a workout — his shirt was drenched in sweat — and walked into the clubhouse a few minutes before it ended,” the AP wrote.
This isn’t the first showing of resentment that McIlroy has had for Monahan or for LIV Golf. The former four-time major champion recently said he’d rather retire than play for the PIF-backed golf tour. “If LIV Golf was the last place to play golf on Earth, I would retire. That’s how I feel about it,” he said at the time to reporters at the Scottish Open.
McIlroy has been one of the most notable players to oppose the LIV Golf Tour. So understandably, there’s contempt towards Monahan, who orchestrated the deal between LIV and the PGA Tour. Monahan apologized for how that situation was handled on Wednesday, but an apology might not be all he needs to regain players’ trust.
It could be worse, as pro golfer Patrick Cantlay didn’t bother to attend the meeting at all.