Rory McIlroy was “too judgemental” in his criticisms of those who joined the breakaway LIV Golf Tour. McIlroy took a strident position against the big-money venture which disrupted the established order of the PGA and European Tours. But with talks ongoing to agree a merger between the rival parties, McIlroy appears to have taken a step towards rapprochement with his admission on a podcast that not everyone is in his position. He remains unhappy at those who criticized the established tours after leaving but accepted the Saudi intervention did shine a light on problems that had gone overlooked for too long. Jon Rahm’s move to LIV was a calculated move against the backdrop of negotiations between the rival tours, a move McIlroy chalked up as opportunistic and a smart business move.

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