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Rory McIlroy defends gamers’ proper to compete in Saudi Arabia

Rory McIlroy defends gamers’ proper to compete in Saudi Arabia

Golf star Rory McIlroy.

FILE–Golf star Rory McIlroy. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Rory McIlroy mentioned he considered golfers as “unbiased contractors” and that the PGA and European excursions ought to permit gamers to compete within the Saudi Worldwide in February.

The Saudi Worldwide, which can be on the Asian Tour schedule in 2022, has launched a listing  of confirmed golfers, together with high-profile names equivalent to Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.

The PGA Tour has but to grant waivers to Tour members, citing a battle of occasions as motive for the delay. The non-PGA Saudi occasion is scheduled to happen over the identical weekend because the AT&T Pebble Seaside Professional-Am.

“In my view, I believe the Tour ought to grant releases. It’s an Asian Tour occasion, it’s an occasion that has official golf world rankings,” McIlroy mentioned.

“I do see the reason why they wouldn’t grant releases, however I believe in the event that they’re attempting to do what’s finest for his or her members, and their members are going to a spot apart from the PGA Tour and having the ability to earn that cash, I imply, we’re unbiased contractors, and I really feel like we must always be capable to try this,” he mentioned.

“I ought to be capable to go play the place I need if I’ve the credentials and I’ve the eligibility to take action. I’d say a lot of the gamers on tour can be in an analogous opinion to me.”

The Saudi Worldwide has invited controversy since its inception in 2019 on account of allegations of human rights abuses in opposition to the Saudi authorities.


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