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Rory McIlroy denies Tiger Woods Rift – Golf News

Rory McIlroy has admitted he and Tiger Woods have different views on the direction of men’s golf but denied suggestions of a falling out with the 15-time major champion.

The pair, along with 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott, are part of a seven-person “transaction subcommittee” recently formed by the PGA Tour to hold talks with Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf.

It comes after McIlroy, who has been one of the biggest critics of the split tour, revealed he would not replace Webb Simpson on the PGA Tour’s policy board after the prospect of his return reopened “old wounds” among some players.


Multiple outlets have reported that Woods, Patrick Cantlay and Jordan Spieth voted for McIlroy to rejoin the board, but the Northern Irishman holds no grudge against the 48-year-old.

He told reporters: “I think friends can disagree or disagree on things.

“We had a very good talk last Friday for 45 minutes, about a lot of different things. No, there is no difficulty there.

“I think we might see the future of golf differently, but I don’t think that should put a strain on relationships or friendships.”

McIlroy and Woods are part of a seven-member transaction subcommittee formed by the PGA Tour.

McIlroy insisted in July last year that he would rather retire than play on the LIV Tour, but his situation seems to be softening as he and a small committee are trying to make an agreement with the Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is the company that owns LIV Golf.


Speaking after his four-under-par 67 in the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship in North Carolina, McIlroy added: “I’ve had some phone calls with that team.

“I had a good hour and a half Zoom with those guys on Sunday, we went through a 150-page document about the future product model and everything.

“Yes, I’m not on the board, but somehow I’m involved in that trade committee. I don’t have a vote so I don’t have, you know, I don’t have I guess a reasonable say in what happens in the future.

“But at least I can, I feel like I can be useful on that committee, and that was kind of a fallback I guess not getting a board seat.”

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