‘Have to Add That Caveat’: Rory McIlroy Goes off on Latest Controversy Surrounding the PGA Tour and Its European Counterpart

Published 11/15/2022, 10:13 AM EST
Jun 14, 2022; Brookline, Massachusetts, USA; Rory McIlroy addresses the media during a press conference for the U.S. Open golf tournament at The Country Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Rory McIlroy is one of the strongest supporters of the PGA Tour. Despite the high-paying deals from LIV Golf, McIlroy stood firmly with the former tour. Moreover, he has been in support of all other organizations and bodies that support the PGA Tour. And he recently extended his support towards the renewed system of the OWGR points.

Rory McIlroy explained the new OWGR system

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PGA Tour loyalist Rory McIlroy recently took a strong stand in support of the refreshed OWGR points system. In fact, the golfer called it the “fairest system” in existence currently. And during the conversation, he tried to hold on to his laugh while talking about Greg Norman’s dilemma about gaining OWGR points.

In his response, McIlroy said“Yeah, so when you look at two different fields, you’ve got a 50-man field here versus a 144-man field there…So just in terms of how the strengths of the field are calculated, they have 90 more players to contribute to their strength of the field.” 

According to his logic, the players in the RSM Classic have to beat 139 players to win the tournament. Whereas, the winner of DP World Tour’s flagship event will have to beat “49 other guys”.

A tweet that covered more of the golfer’s statements displayed how he was all cool with the new system. He said, “I think you’ll see a fairer reflection of where everyone is ranked in the world…I have to add that caveat (laugh).”

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McIlroy showed support towards the new OWGR system

During his conversation, McIlroy talked about how the new system had affected golfers and tours. “Has it upset people? Yes,” he said“Because people have been used to getting a certain amount of World Ranking points in one event and now it’s dropped. But I would say those events were getting more than they should be.”

Golf – European Tour – BMW PGA Championship – Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Britain – September 8, 2022 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy during the first round Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

In fact, he extended his support towards the new system and said, “I think it’s the fairest system that you can come up with right now…A lot has gone into it. It’s the best one that we can come up with right now, and I think it will take a while.” According to the golfer, the new system was not derived overnight. Rather, it took five years of algorithms for the officials to make it work. However, McIlroy assured the players and tours that it would take some time for people to adapt to it. But it is definitely one of the best things to happen with OWGR points.

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Joydeep Singh

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Joydeep Singh is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's degree in Business Management, he possesses a writing experience of more than four years now. Having picked up on following golf for quite some time now, his favorite is the legendary Tiger Woods, whose games he just does not miss.

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