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Having finished off the 2021-22 PGA Tour season last month with a FedEx Cup win and his imminent $18 million winning streak, Rory McIlroy Spends this week at the Italian Open DP World Championships. In a couple of weeks, he plans to play another event at the iconic stadium in St Andrews, but this time he will do so against an unlikely, and possibly unwanted, competition: the players of LIV Golf.
This summer, the DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) attempted to follow the path of the PGA Tour and suspended the LIV Golf pros from its championships. A lawsuit was followed, so while the English court system sorts through the entire case, LIV players are still allowed to play DP World Tour events.
With LIV Golf Chicago happening this week as well, players like McIlroy didn’t have to worry about facing their LIV counterparts at the Italian Open. Ironically, the Italian Open takes place at Marco Simone Stadium, which will host the Ryder Cup next year. We know Rory will be there for that We still don’t know if LIV players will be allowed to compete.
McIlroy plans to play the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in two weeks, the popular DP World Tour event contested in three Scottish Links tournaments, including Old Stadium in St Andrews. But there was no LIV event happening that week, so LIV players are free to sign up. and register with them.
As of now, there are 10 LIV players on the field, including Talor Gooch, Abraham Ancer, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Shaun Norris, Branden Grace, Richard Bland, Laurie Canter, Peter Uihlein and Jed Morgan.
There will probably be a lot of embarrassment and some choice words, As was the case in the last iteration of the LIV vs. the PGA Tour. Two weeks ago at the BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth, over a dozen LIV players managed it, and not many of the pros on the PGA Tour side were happy about it, including Rory.
“I hate what [LIV] He said after winning the Tour Championship. “I hate it. I really. Like, it’s going to be hard for me to go to Wentworth in two weeks and see 18 of them there. That just doesn’t sit right with me.”
He was not alone. PGA Tour champion Billy Horschel, who will also play for Dunhill Links, was caught practicing Wentworth putting green Having a moving argument with LIV pro Ian Poulter.
Adding to what is likely to be a charged atmosphere for McIlroy at Dunhill Links is the host course, the old track in St Andrews. It was the site of McIlroy’s last major disappointment, as he gave up his 54-hole lead to lose the 2022 Open in July, with plenty of LIV pros on the field. Which player hit him? LIV Golf’s newest signature, world number 3 Cam Smith.
The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship begins September 29th.