Rory McIlroy Jun 12, 2022; Etobicoke, Ontario, CAN; Rory McIlroy hits hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The LIV Golf Invitational Series had their first event in London and that has resulted in a lot of unknowns about golf’s future. Who else will jump over to the Saudi-backed series? Will fans choose sides or leave golf altogether? Will the other majors follow the USGA’s lead and decide not to ban LIV golfers?

Nobody really knows how this will turn out but at the RBC Canadian Open, Rory McIlroy sided with the PGA Tour in a rather definitive way.

Even before the final round started, McIlroy remarked about how the crowd support and the play will be “more entertaining than what other golf was played this week anywhere else.” But it was after McIlroy won that he said something that will get people talking.

The win was McIlroy’s 21st PGA Tour victory, and McIlroy made sure to remark that it was one more than a certain CEO and commissioner of a golf tour that’s funded by Saudi Arabia. McIlroy didn’t mention Greg Norman by name, but given McIlroy’s earlier comments, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t referring to Hale Irwin when he said, “21st PGA Tour win. One more than someone else. That gave me a little bit extra incentive today.”

Don’t get me wrong. This is going to look embarrassing if McIlroy decides to take the money and switch sides. But on this day, he’s the darling of the PGA Tour.


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