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Did Rory McIlroy just take a shot at his own equipment move?

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Rory McIlroy just isn’t having it.

The defending RBC Canadian Open champion continues to refuse to have anything to do with the LIV Golf series, seemingly surprised and upset that many of his on-course rivals have jumped ship.

On Wednesday, the four-time Major champion re-iterated his desire to stick with the status quo, giving tradition and history of the game amongst his reasons.

“I’m a self-confessed golf nerd, historian, traditionalist. Most of the oldest events in our game are national opens,” said McIlroy, who mentioned his five national opens, six if you include Hong Kong’s. “One of the great things about our game is you can in some way compare yourself to historical figures, figures that I’ve never met before.

“I look at a trophy that my name’s on and Walter Hagen’s name is on there or Gene Sarazen or Byron Nelson or Ben Hogan or Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer or whoever it is, and I think that’s one of the coolest things about our sport that not a lot of other sports can sort of tap into.”

“You look at the Canadian Open trophy and you look at the names that are on that. You’re putting your name in history by winning these national championships,” said McIlroy, ranked No. 8 in the world.

He seemingly then had a little jibe at the likes of Dustin Johnson and Ryder Cup team-mates Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Greame McDowell and Ian Poulter by confirming, “Honestly, it’s something that money can’t buy or it’s something that money can’t give you.”

McIlroy has also told reporters this week that,”any decision you make in your life purely for money usually doesn’t end up going the right way.”

Whilst this was a phrase among a host of paragraphs discussing the you-know-what tour, was he talking from experience?

In 2013, a young McIlroy joined Tiger Woods as brand ambassador for Nike Golf, explaining this was for “a number of reasons.”

At the time, he explained, “”It’s a company and a brand that resonates with me. It’s young, it’s athletic and it’s innovative. They are committed to being the best, as am I. Signing with Nike is another step towards living out my dream.”

His initial struggles with the new clubs were widely reported although he did win two majors with the set – the 2014 PGA and Open Championships – before Nike decided to stop producing clubs and concentrate on apparel, the famous ‘swoosh’ appearing proud on McIlroy’s cap at press conferences this week.

Whatever the outcome with that lucrative deal, he is adamant that he isn’t going anywhere, let alone the LIV tour, at the moment.

“I can spend a lot of time at home with my family if I want to, prioritize the majors and there is nothing about my schedule or my life or my earnings or anything that I would change.”

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  1. Karma

    Jun 25, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    Hello Rory

  2. PJ

    Jun 10, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    Rory had no problem taking that $200M from Nike and their Chinese sweat shops. Typical hypocrite.

    • They know we know

      Jun 12, 2022 at 5:20 pm

      Shhhh. Its all about the LIV tour right now. Don’t step in front of the current “I stand with” narrative.

    • Mr. Randy Watson

      Jun 17, 2022 at 7:06 pm

      Yes. Let’s talk about China and Nike’s Human Rights Violations and the massive amounts of money made by Nike from exploiting children in their factories. Rory can play high and mighty and look the other way…but we all know he’s a puppet for the PGA and Nike.

  3. rhino

    Jun 10, 2022 at 8:58 am

    He could have been talking about his legal battle with Horizon that impacted his relationship with GMac https://www.joe.ie/sport/graeme-mcdowell-on-rory-mcilroy-were-not-the-same-as-we-used-to-be-447096

  4. NoIntegrityGreed

    Jun 10, 2022 at 8:54 am

    What is the LIV business model? Oh wait there isn’t one. The Saudis are just throwing money at the greedy pros with no self respect in order to make their image look better and the pros are the saudi lapdogs. LIV has to give tickets away because no self respecting fan will watch this 54 hole exhibition and see it for exactly what it is, sportswashing or if you prefer, PR.

    • Hmmm…

      Jun 11, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      Hahaha… exactly! I just don’t see how this LIV Tour is going to be sustainable despite how much money the Saudis have to throw it’s way. At the end of the day, this seems more like a transitional Tour for the 40-so things who are no longer competitive on the PGA Tour and who would’ve probable played the PGA Tour of Champions. I mean, seriously, who really wants to tune in to see Charl Schwartzel? Lovely guy, but…

  5. Tom Kay

    Jun 9, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Rory is the goody two shoes of the PGA Tour.

  6. A. Commoner

    Jun 9, 2022 at 7:43 am

    The sky is falling; the sky is falling!! Run for your lives!

  7. Simp Cuck Man

    Jun 9, 2022 at 7:21 am

    Rory has the boomer mentality, money for me but not for thee.

  8. Ned

    Jun 9, 2022 at 6:09 am

    Easy to say when your net worth is $220 million.

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PGA Tour reveals full list of winners from 2021-22 season’s Player Impact Program

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The results of the 2021-2022 PGA TOUR season’s Player Impact Program have been revealed.

The total prize pool for the PIP has been increased from $40 million last season to $100 million and is now spread out between 20 players instead of 10. However, the PIP now offers more than just financial incentive. The top 20 players in this year’s PIP standings will be invited to the 12 “elevated events” on the 2023 calendar.

As revealed by the PGA Tour, the PIP winners and their bonuses are as follows:

  • 1. Tiger Woods $15,000,000
  • 2. Rory McIlroy $12,000,000
  • 3. Jordan Spieth $9,000,000
  • 4. Justin Thomas $7,500,000
  • 5. Jon Rahm $6,000,000
  • 6. Scottie Scheffler $5,500,000
  • 7. Xander Schauffele $5,000,000
  • 8. Matt Fitzpatrick $5,000,000
  • 9. Will Zalatoris $5,000,000
  • 10. Tony Finau $5,000,000
  • 11. Collin Morikawa $3,000,000
  • 12. Shane Lowry $3,000,000
  • 13. Kevin Kisner $3,000,000
  • 14. Max Homa $3,000,000
  • 15. Billy Horschel $3,000,000
  • 16. Rickie Fowler $2,000,000
  • 17. Adam Scott $2,000,000
  • 18. Jason Day $2,000,000
  • 19. Patrick Cantlay $2,000,000
  • 20. Viktor Hovland $2,000,000

The fact that Tiger Woods won the PIP despite playing in just nine competitive events proves that his presence in the game of golf will always be what moves the needle as long as he’s involved with the PGA Tour.

Max Homa also sees Tiger winning the PIP on a regular basis going forward barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Collin Morikawa, who finished eleventh for the second consecutive year, took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

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Changes to the famous 13th hole at Augusta National appear to be complete

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Azalea has changed.

The famous par-5 13th hole at The Masters, the scene of many an eagle and considered a gimme birdie for many of today’s big hitters, has been lengthened. And we don’t need to wait for the 2023 media release to find out how.

For the 2022 tournament, Augusta chiefs were hoping to reveal changes to the 11th and 15th holes, but were beaten to it by @EurekaEarthPlus who have now become the go-to for mid-season changes to the course.

Yesterday, the drone revealed for the first time how much work Augusta has carried out on the 13th, and it hopefully stops the drive onto a favouring sloped fairway and short iron into the green.

The tee box appears to have been taken back around 40-50 yards and offers more of a closed chute to the drive. This should create more thought to positional play off the tee, and a longer second shot – another effort to stop the first major of the year becoming a long-hitters paradise.

It was March last year when we saw the initial amendments to the course. It’s November this time.

Is it ever too early for Augusta news?

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Iconic piece of Tiger Woods memorabilia goes up for auction

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Tiger’s coming back, and the golfing world can’t wait.

It may only be the 20-man Hero World Challenge, and then a couple of made for-tv events, but the sight of the 15-time major winner is enough.

The mere name puts a shiver down golf enthusiasts and when Tiger memorabilia is available, expect utter madness.

Earlier this year, GolfWRX reported on the auction of the 46-year-old’s Grand Slam clubs, sticks that eventually sold for over $5 million, and now the same auction house is offering one of the famous red shirts worn by Tiger at Augusta, this one from the final round of 2010.

According to Ryan Carey of auctioneers, Golden Age Auctions, the shirt has a little extra, being the only Masters Sunday shirt available:

“We believe this is the only Sunday red from a Masters Tournament that has been auctioned, and the others might not surface. The shirt is signed by Woods. Normally that would help the price a tiny bit, but I think it helps even more with this one. It has a massive inscription that says ‘2010 Masters Final Round,’ and Tiger doesn’t autograph stuff like that very often. It’s a huge autograph, too. This one is special that he did that.”

The shirt is also the first Sunday red donned by Woods following the infamous sex scandal in 2009 that saw Tiger take an extended break from the sport.

Strangely, Woods-connected items have not always been a big mover.

Various back-up Scotty Cameron putters have sold for between 80k to 100k, but signed scorecards from the US Open failed to make their $100 reserve.

Golf balls, though, now there’s a thing.

The ball sunk for victory at the 2005 Masters sold for over $30k, whilst standard signed Nike balls continue to surpass their first bid by some way.

Tiger may be a huge name in golf, but can he attract the sort of attention of the huge worldwide megastars.

Carey hopes so.

“Game-worn sports memorabilia, especially items photo-matched to a memorable moment or historic event, are setting records all around the world this year,” he explained. “A Michael Jordan jersey recently sold for $10.1 million at Sotheby’s, and a Diego Maradona soccer jersey recently sold for $9.3 million.”

The auction started yesterday with an opening bid expected of $5k, and with no way of knowing how the market will go, this could be the perfect time to ramp up the ‘he’s coming’ news.

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