Rory’s Return to #1, Majors LIV, Elevated Events

Each week check out the unfiltered opinions of our writers and editors as they break down the hottest topics in sport, and join the conversation by tweeting us golf_com. This week, we’ve broken down Rory McIlroy’s return to number one, the LIV Golf official’s comments on the majors, the PGA Tour schedule and more.

1. In an entertaining game back and forth on Sunday, Rory McIlroy regained No. 1 on the world and won the CJ Cup Above Kurt Kitayama. For McIlroy, it was another strong finish – in his past five starts now, he’s won twice, tied for second, finished fourth and tied for fourth. To what extent do you think his role as de facto leader of the PGA Tour off the track has inspired his renewed play on the course?

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Rory McIlroy was asked about the return to number one.


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James Colgan, Assistant Editor (Lord save her): cause and effect? I do not think so. Rory was the best player on the PGA Tour before he became its de facto president. But success certainly confirmed this position. Golf has never needed a star of his stature more than now. Good it to hand over.

Jack Hirsch, Assistant Editor (Tweet embed): It’s interesting because up until the Canadian Open, there was kind of a feeling that the responsibility was weighing on McIlroy a little bit. Now he is the most exciting player in the sport. I clearly think he was excited when the first LIV event started, as evidenced by A hole in Greg Norman When he won in St. George. Of all the players who could have won the FedEx Cup last season, the first when the Tour had a legitimate competitor, McIlroy had to be the Tour’s best case scenario. I think what I’m saying is that he’s clearly excited to back his words off the track to support the Tour by playing the Tour.

Claire Rogers, Social Media Manager (Tweet embed): Like James said, I’m not sure they’re cause and effect. I think they’re a result of him growing up a lot on and off the track. Call it maturity or perspective or whatever you like, but McIlroy has reached a new level of poise in front of the media. His thoughtful answer to Tom Kim’s question was a good example of that, and I think we’ll just see his role as the actual PGA Tour leader off the track as he continues to play well.

2. LIV Golf, along with the PGA Tour’s fight against the Saudi-backed series, was profiled in an extended story by the New Yorker. Among the new discoveries was a comment from Majid Al-Sorour, president of the Saudi Golf Federation and managing director of LIV Golf, who said: “If the big companies decide not to let our players play? I will celebrate. I will create my own specializations for the players.Al-Srour, through a statement, later issued a statement in response, saying in part: “I had an informal conversation with a reporter from New York at the LIV event in Boston a few weeks ago, during which I expressed my frustration at the unfortunate dwindling of LIV players Golf by the PGA Tour. When it comes to majors and tournaments that are independent and LIV independent, I have a lot of respect for the majors.” Our question is simply: What’s the takeaway here?

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Colgan: My stake in the first place is that the president of the Saudi Golf Federation should have had a better understanding of his “informal” conversations, especially when they are with New Yorker reporters. Everything else struck me as an excess of the rich man’s wealth.

Hirsch: The transition response to LIV executives and players when they don’t like the perception of the comment seems to be to say that the conversation was unmemorable (see Mickelson, Phil). Our colleague Sean Zack is credited with the idea, but I’m not really sure who had “casual conversations” with the New Yorker reporters. The way our profession works is everything on record until someone says otherwise, and that’s clear between the two. It is important to note that Sorour never said what he was quoted as saying. I think he intended to develop LIV further in case his players couldn’t compete in the big ones, but it was clearly a dig at the big ones. It’s not a great look when it’s the bodies managing the majors that will decide whether LIV events will earn ranking points.

Rogers: There seems to be a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to golf-related interviews lately. I think it’s safe to assume that if you’re talking to a journalist like, say, Alan Shipnock or someone from The New Yorker, unless something is “unpublishable,” that’s fair game. With that, the comment “I’m going to create my own majors” made me laugh.

3. On the PGA Tour next year Four more events announced, with Waste Management Phoenix Open, RBC Heritage, Wells Fargo and Traveler joining the previously announced tournaments that will net $20 million and a promise that the Tour’s best players will be on the field. With this part of the schedule now set, who are the winners and losers?

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Colgan: Winners: WMPO, hotels in Scottsdale on Super Bowl weekend (where both WMPO and Super Bowl will be played simultaneously) and… RBC Heritage? Losers: The Canadian Open, the farmers and the people who pay for hotels in Scottsdale at Super Bowl weekend.

Hirsch: The winners are clearly the high events and specifically the city of Phoenix. All of these tournaments will get the top 20 players on the PGA Tour, and Phoenix will get it And the The two best NFL teams in the same Super Bowl weekend. Make your hotel reservations now. The losers will be the Honda Classic and other championships sandwiched between high events. Sitting between successive high events before and after, and what was once a rallying station, given its proximity to so many professional homes in South Florida, it may not have many big names this season. We expect there will be four elevated events going around each season, so we can only hope that the tournaments finishing short this year will have their turn in the rising sun soon. Part of this issue also revolved around the fact that the tour had to work with a schedule that was often already set. With a year to set the schedule up, we’ll likely see a radically different look in 2024.

Rogers: I’m not a football player, so I’ll let James and Jack cover the WMPO and the Super Bowl in Scottsdale and focus instead on the Travelers. Cromwell, Connecticut win big here. I’ve been to Travelers quite a few times, and have some of the best and most engaging volunteers I’ve come across. It’s been feeling like a smaller tournament for as long as I can remember, so I’m excited for it to become one of the unmissable stops on the PGA Tour. losers? Fan positions. Good luck guys.

4. Speaking of schedule, Rory McIlroy, at this week’s CJ Cup, was asked what the fall season should look likeAnd he said, “Football. I mean, it’s football season, right? I think we need to get to a place where it’s insatiable. I hope we’ll be back in January and people will miss watching golf. I don’t think that’s happening now because There are 47 events annually. While this may not be a possibility in the near future, is there a middle ground here?

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Hirsch: I think the best golf can be in the fall are the Korn Ferry Finals, Q-School etc. Those are the events that don’t have to end in the weekend facing football. Now that I’ve written that, would PGA’s Roryz and GT be ok playing Tuesday through Friday if there were any fall events? I’m sure there’s still reason to watch the big names in “offseason,” but events like father, son, and champ should suffice. Let the treadmills take their time while the big dogs rest.

Colgan: I love this idea, Jack. I also love the idea of ​​blowing up the fall season in the sun. Let’s miss a game of golf – or at least the weekly grind of the PGA Tour – it will make us all better fans in the long run.

Rogers: I agree with Jack. I also appreciated golf about 10 times when I was able to miss it properly. Two weeks vacation wasn’t long enough to miss!

5. On the LPGA Tour, Lydia Ko wins the BMW Women’s Championship For her 18th career victory, and continuation of a solid season. “It’s probably the best I’ve played, the most consistently played,” Coe said. However, can Koe score 25 wins?

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Colgan: The LPGA is getting younger and better every week, but there will always be room for players in its short game to win. I think 25 is not just a possibility, it is a possibility.

Hirsch: *Notes Checks* Lydia Ko is my age (25)? I think there is clearly a fear of burnout given that she started her career at the age of 16 (when she had already won the LPGA Tour). However, Koe has already gone through some ups and downs in her career and could just enter her boss. She can of course choose to walk away at any time, but I think a better question is if she can win 25 times before she turns 30?

Rogers: I’d be surprised if Lydia Ko 25 didn’t score a win. Her first win was a decade ago, and she’s at the top of her game now And the She is only 25 years old. I was able to see her score 20 wins before the end of 2023.

6. On one of the most fun moments of the week, 20-year-old star Tom Kim interrupted McIlroy’s pre-tournament press conference And he asked his question. “Rory, I have a question for you,” he said. “What is the meaning of great success as a young player? Coming up and so many years on tour, how do you manage all that?” – and McIlroy gave a lengthy response. However, our question is How would you advise Kim to move forward?

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Colgan: I advise him to maintain his sense of self, seriousness and humility. Sometimes it’s easier to let go of these things in pursuit of money and fame, but the reward for maintaining his true personality when he reaches true stardom is often many times greater.

Hirsch: Given part of McIlroy’s response, was a mention that he didn’t have the level of success that Kim had so early in his career I would direct him to one of the only guys he could relate to: Tiger Woods. Tiger seems to be more open to this kind of thing in this part of his career. If I’m Tom Kim, I try to play golf with Tiger as often as he can (or if Tiger can). Maybe he could join Tiger’s TGL team?

Rogers: I want to see more of Tom Kim. I want to see as much of Tom Kim as possible, whether it’s asking questions, answering questions, hanging out with Si Woo Kim on the green fetch or on the international team’s Instagram page. I’m not worried about his discipline. He’s only 20 years old and he seems to have figured it out. My unsolicited advice to him is to enjoy the ride.

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