Rory McIlroy to face LIV players in St. Andre (again)

Rory McIlroy to face LIV players in St. Andre (again)

Rory McIlroy pictured during The Open Championship 2022 at the Old Course.

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After ending the 2021-22 PGA Tour season last month with a FedEx Cup win and his $18 million check, Rory McIlroy moves on to the DP World Tour Italian Open this week. In two weeks, he plans to play another event at the iconic Old Course in St. Andrews, but this time he will do it against unlikely and possibly unwanted competition: the players of LIV Golf.

This summer, the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour) attempted to go the way of the PGA Tour and suspend LIV Golf pros from its tournaments. A lawsuit ensued, and while the English court system settles the whole matter, LIV players are still allowed to participate in DP World Tour events.

Rory McIlroy watches an approach to the BMW PGA Championship on Thursday.

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With the LIV Golf Chicago event also taking place this week, players like McIlroy didn’t have to worry about meeting their LIV counterparts at the Italian Open. Ironically, the Italian Open is being played at Marco Simone, who will host the Ryder Cup next year. We know Rory will be there for that one, though we still don’t know if LIV players will be allowed to compete.

McIlroy plans to contest the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in two weeks, the popular DP World Tour event contested at three Scottish courses, including the Old Course at St. Andrews. But there is no LIV event that week, so LIV players are free to join. And register they have.

Currently, 10 LIV players are on the pitch, including Talor Gooch, Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Shaun Norris, Branden Grace, Richard Bland, Laurie Canter, Peter Uihlein and Jed Morgan.

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Lots of awkwardness and a few choice words will likely be present, as was the case in the latest iteration of LIV vs. PGA Tour. Two weeks ago at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth, more than a dozen LIV players did it, and many pros on the PGA Tour side weren’t happy about it, including Rory.

“I hate this [LIV] done golf,” he said after winning the Tour Championship. “I hate it. I really do. Like, it’s going to be tough for me to go to Wentworth in a couple of weeks and see 18 there. It just doesn’t sit well with me.”

He was not alone. PGA Tour stalwart Billy Horschel, who will also play for Dunhill Links, was surprised at the Wentworth practice green having a heated argument with LIV pro Ian Poulter.

The host course, the Old Course at St. Andrews. It was the site of McIlroy’s last major disappointment, where he gave up the 54-hole lead to lose the 2022 Open in July, with plenty of LIV pros in the field. The player who beat him? The new signatory of LIV Golf, the world number one. 3 Cam Smith.

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship begins on September 29.

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