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Rory McIlroy’s return to PGA Tour policy board reportedly rejected by Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods |  Golf news
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Rory McIlroy’s return to PGA Tour policy board reportedly rejected by Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods | Golf news

Patrick Cantlay was the leading voice behind the decision to block Rory McIlroy’s immediate return to the PGA Tour’s policy board. Sky Sports News understands.

McIlroy told Sky Sports last month that he was ‘happy to do his bit’ to try to help ongoing negotiations to unify the men’s game, with the former world number 1 offering to return to the role he held until his resignation in November last year.

The Northern Irishman’s return to replace Webb Simpson – who personally sought McIlroy as his replacement – was subject to a vote by board members, with McIlroy suggesting ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship that a ‘subgroup’ of people were unhappy with his possible return. .

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Rory McIlroy explains why he won’t rejoin PGA Tour policy council, admitting it was ‘complicated’ and ‘messy’

“I think the conversations have become quite complicated and quite messy,” McIlroy told reporters at Quail Hollow. “I think the way it happened opened up some old wounds and scar tissue from things that happened before.”

Cantlay, Peter Malnati, Adam Scott, Simpson, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods are the PGA Tour’s player directors on the policy board, with McIlroy admitting the vote and a possible return was a “complicated process”.

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Tiger Woods said in February that scouting routes for players leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf was happening “on a daily basis.”

It is understood Cantlay felt “uncomfortable” that McIlroy would automatically take over for Simpson rather than go through a formal process, with the former FedExCup champion’s vision backed by Spieth and Woods.

The main reason for an impasse in negotiations between the PGA Tour and the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) is the latter’s vision to globalize men’s professional golf, while many board members are believed to be reluctant to regularly play outside play the United States. .

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McIlroy sees globalization and a move towards a ‘World Tour’ as an absolute necessity to broker a deal between the two sides, with fears that otherwise men’s professional golf will continue to fracture and audiences will dwindle.

“I would say I’m impatient because I think we have this opportunity to get it done,” McIlroy added on Wednesday. “On both sides from a business perspective, I wouldn’t say it should be done, but it makes sense.

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Rory McIlroy said earlier this year that he hoped to see a framework in golf that would allow for a Champions League-style tour at the very highest level.

“It’s probably not going to be a great feeling for either party, but if it’s a place where the game of golf is going to flourish again and we can all get together again, then I think that’s a really good thing in the end.”

McIlroy’s potential return to the policy board was welcomed by Yasir Al-Rumayyan, chairman of the PIF, by leading PGA Tour sponsors and by Guy Kinnings, CEO of the DP World Tour.

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“It is very good for us to have a European voice, someone as articulate and knowledgeable as Rory, back on the board,” Kinnings said last month, when his reappointment was expected.

“I know how much it cost him originally. This is a guy who worked until 3 a.m. at board meetings and then got up for a pro-am. I think his voice will be very important in making sure we get all the right people at the negotiating table.”

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Monahan: McIlroy’s perspective “important” for PGA Tour

Simpson explained Wednesday that the board wanted McIlroy to be in “not necessarily every conversation but more conversations,” while PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan insisted he remains a key voice in the sport.

In a statement to Golf Channel, Monahan said: “Today’s news is in no way a commentary on Rory’s important perspective and influence. It’s simply a matter of complying with our board process for a PGA Tour player to become a board member.

“Webb (Simpson) remaining on the PGA Tour Enterprises Policy and Board of Directors until the end of his term will provide the continuity needed at this important time.

“We are making progress in our negotiations with the PIF and are working collectively – the player directors, our boards and Tour management – ​​to remain open to all avenues that advance the PGA Tour in the best interests of our players, our partners and our fans.”

Watch Rory McIlroy in action at the Wells Fargo Championship and PGA Championship live on Sky Sports this month. Stream the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, majors and more NOW.

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