The fallout from the LIV Golf and the PGA Tour divide continues as friendships have officially been axed because of the new start-up league.
Sergio Garcia, who left the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf last season, called out PGA Tour star Rory McIlroy and discussed their friendship suffering over comments McIlroy has made about LIV Golf.
“I think it is very sad,” Garcia told The Telegraph. “I think that we’ve done so many things together and had so many experiences that for him to throw that away just because I decided to go to a different tour, well, it doesn’t seem very mature; lacking maturity, really.
“Rory’s got his own life and he makes his own choices, the same way that I make mine. I respect his choice, but it seems like he doesn’t respect the ones I make. So a one-way street.”
Garcia also seemed to have a problem with McIlroy calling for LIV Golf to move on from current commissioner Greg Norman.
“I respect his choices, but it seems like he doesn’t respect the ones I make.”
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“They say that Greg Norman has to go; and (Jay) Monahan has to stay or go?” Garcia said. “It’s very easy to say those on the other side have to go. And those on your side? There are also people who have done things wrong.”
Garcia added “I don’t have a problem with him. He’s the one that has a problem. So if he wants to reconcile, then I’m willing to talk, but I’m not sure he’ll pull himself down to that level.”
Norman also discussed his issues with McIlroy and his comments about LIV Golf.
“He knows something about the PGA Tour,” Norman said in an interview with Golf.com. “He sits on the PAC (Player Advisory Council). But Rory doesn’t know what he’s talking about with LIV because he doesn’t know the facts.
“All due respect to Rory, he doesn’t know anything about LIV.”
Greg Norman sounds off on Rory’s criticism and LIV’s path forward.
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And if he wants to throw out a comment like that — I’ve always been a fan of Rory’s but my advice to him would be to just sit back, just take stock, watch what happens and watch what you say. Because in the end, there may be a situation where he’ll be asked a few questions that he may not want to answer because of the way he’s come out and been vocal on that front.”
McIlroy was a groomsman in Garcia’s wedding.