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Canadian Open: Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose agree on merger silence

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Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose, participants in the Canadian Open, made a mutual decision to remain silent regarding the recent merger between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour’s LIV Golf. This move came as a surprise to many, as the tournament marked the first event following the announcement of the merger on Tuesday.

Both McIlroy and Rose opted not to join LIV Golf, an organization financially supported by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF). Discussing their agreement, McIlroy revealed, “Rosie and I agreed to refrain from conversation until lunchtime, allowing us to focus on our game.” He further explained, “We started chatting while walking down the first hole, but quickly halted and decided to concentrate solely on our golf. We agreed to discuss matters once we were off the course. It was refreshing to divert our attention for those five hours.”

McIlroy, a previous two-time champion at the Canadian Open from Northern Ireland, concluded the first round with a score of one-under-par. Meanwhile, Rose, representing England, fared better with a score of three-under-par. Aaron Rai, another English golfer, shared the lead in the clubhouse after delivering an impressive five-under-par round of 67.

When asked about his thoughts on the merger, Rose, who remained loyal to the PGA Tour, expressed that the LIV Golf players should be more concerned. “The headlines may suggest a smooth transition, welcoming the players back as if everything is settled,” Rose commented. “However, I don’t believe that’s the case. Personally, I am content where I am, and if I were on LIV Golf, I might have more apprehension than being on the PGA Tour.” He added, “The LIV players have made sacrifices in terms of rankings and other factors. So, it might not be as straightforward for them when it comes to exemptions and PGA Tour categories.”

While McIlroy has been a vocal critic of LIV Golf, he acknowledged on Wednesday that the merger could ultimately benefit golf as a whole. However, he stressed the importance of holding LIV defectors accountable for their decisions.

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Par4Life June 8, 2023 - 10:49 pm

McIlroy and Rose both dissed LIV Golf, the one funded by Saudi Arabia’s PIF. They were like, “No, thanks!” They didn’t join. Respect! But they kept their lips sealed during the tournament. Gotta save the chat for later, right? ⛳️

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