Rory McIlroy Oct 21, 2022; Ridgeland, South Carolina, USA; Rory McIlroy walks to the 18th green during the second round of THE CJ CUP in South Carolina golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since the inception of LIV Golf, PGA Tour superstar Rory McIlroy has been one of the most vocal critics of the Saudi-backed league, even going as far as to say that if any player wanted to return to the PGA Tour after defecting to LIV Golf, that player should face punishment. But recently, McIlroy has changed his tune a bit, going back on his previous statements.

In a pretty shocking twist, Rory McIlroy said that he would welcome all LIV Golf players back to the PGA Tour and no longer thinks they should face any punishment for leaving.

“If people still have eligibility on this tour and they want to come back and play or you want to try and do something, let them come back,” McIlroy said according to ESPN. “I think it’s hard to punish people. I don’t think there should be a punishment.”

With the PGA Tour nearing a deal with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund – which funds LIV Golf – McIlroy has become much more warm toward LIV, in a pretty shocking bit of news. And this change of tune has led to a lot of reactions on social media.

It’s certainly a shocking change of opinion from McIlroy.