Jun 4, 2022; Dublin, Ohio, USA; Rory McIlroy walks the 9th fairway during the third round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch Pga Memorial Tournament Round 3

Despite PGA Tour golfer Rory McIlroy winning the RBC Canadian Open this past week, much of the talk surrounding the sport has been about LIV Golf’s newest additions.

Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed were amongst the newest departures from the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, and McIlroy gave his honest thoughts on the matter on Tuesday.

“I guess I took a lot of players’ statements at face value. I guess that’s what I got wrong,” said McIlroy on players who had previously said they would stay with the PGA Tour to ultimately end up joining LIV Golf. “You had people committed to the PGA Tour, and that’s what the statements were that were put out. People went back on that.”

It seems that the two golfers that McIlroy is referring to are DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson, who had both said in the past that they would remain with the PGA Tour.

“It’s disappointing. The players that are staying on the PGA Tour feel slighted in some way. If those guys thought outside of themselves, they would see this is not the best for everyone. My dad said to me a long time ago, once you make your bed, you lie in it, and they’ve made their bed. That’s their decision, and they have to live with that.”

McIlroy also added that while he still respects Phil Mickelson as a golfer, he feels that he went about things the wrong way.

These comments are interesting ahead of the 2022 U.S Open, which is set to begin on Thursday. It has already been announced that the U.S Open will allow LIV Golf members to play in the tournament, with DeChambeau, Johnson, and Mickelson all in the upcoming field, amongst other LIV members.

This is the first event that has featured LIV and PGA Tour golfers, so it remains to be seen if there will be any further drama that could potentially overshadow the historic event.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.