Rory McIlroy reiterates his stance despite differing opinions, says LIV Golf players should not be allowed in the Ryder Cup

GUIDONIA MONTECELIO, ITALY – For Rory McIlroyIt’s a definitive “no.”

US Open Champion Matt Fitzpatrick I’m open to having LIV Golf players on the European team at next year’s Ryder Cup because, as he said, “I just want to make sure we win.”

captain europe Luke DonaldMeanwhile, he’s walking the line of official tours when he says he’s in “limbo” waiting for the dispute to be resolved in the courts.

As many of Europe’s best players prepare to play this week’s Italian Open at Marco Simone Stadium outside Rome which will host next year’s Ryder Cup, the pre-tournament discussion has been over who should and who shouldn’t be included in the 2023 squad.

“I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times: I don’t think any of those players should be on the Ryder Cup team,” McIlroy said Wednesday of the players who joined the Saudi-backed breakaway series.

Litigation is still ongoing on both sides of the Atlantic and includes the PGA Tours and European Tours after LIV golfers have been disqualified from events, and the division is growing between players who stick to the traditional rounds and those who join the lucrative breakaway streak.

But Fitzpatrick, who won his first major title in June, is taking a more neutral stance.

“I just want to win the Ryder Cup. … I want the 11 best players we can have,” said the Englander, who has lost all three of his games when the United States went down to a record defeat in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, in the past. general. “I’m not really bothered about where they’re coming from.”

Fitzpatrick went as far as to reach one LIV player at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last week.

“I told him I would be happy in the team,” Fitzpatrick said, without naming the player.

Donald was appointed captain last month after Henrik Stenson He was stripped of the title because he joined the LIV.

“Nothing has really changed since my appointment,” Donald said. “We’re still a little bit forgotten. We don’t know what’s going to happen with the suit, so I try not to actually put too much energy into it. Once we get a clearer picture, I can give you what the best answers are.”

While the European Ryder Cup is a fan Sergio GarciaAnd the Lee Westwood And the Ian Poulter They were among the group of LIV golfers competing at Wentworth, and none of those top names came to Italy.

“I actually committed to playing in that event before Luke was the captain and he was someone else,” McIlroy said, refusing to mention Stenson’s name again.

“I’ve had discussions with Luke and actually a few of us are gathering for dinner tonight for a little bit of bonding with the team but also to talk about the training session and how we think it should be set up for the benefit of the European team.”

Owned and operated by fashion designer Lavinia Biagiotti Cigna, the stadium is located about half an hour from Rome, and features mountainous terrain, which should give way to a stadium-like setting suitable for a Ryder Cup.

“You have two drivable par-4s [Nos. 11 and 16]You’ve got a few holes in the water and you’ve got a great closing hole that can be really exciting,” McIlroy said of the back nine.

The only time McIlroy had previously played in Italy came when he won the European Amateur Championship in 2006 in the northern town of Biella.

“So I have a record of 100% in this country, and I would like to continue that,” he said.

McIlroy enjoyed touring Rome with the family, especially since his wife once studied in the city for seven months “knowing her way”.

The main order of business for McIlroy and his teammates, however, is to strategize how to narrow the 19-9 gap by the US in Wisconsin.

“The European team has six or seven players that I think we all know are going to be in this team, and then it’s up to some of the younger guys to step up,” McIlroy said. “I think we needed a rebuild anyway. We’ve done really well with the same people for a very long time, but it all ended at some point. I think Whistling Straits is a good kind of demarcation.”

Donald is paired with the up-and-coming Italian Guido Migliosi And the Adrian Myronkthe Polish player who won the Irish Open in July, for the opening two rounds this week.

then there Nikolai Hoggegardthe 21-year-old Dane who won Marko Simon last year a week after his identical twin brother, RasmusHe obtained a European master’s degree in Switzerland.

vice captain Thomas Bjorn On set with a 24-year-old Norwegian Victor Hovlandwhich is No. 11 in the world golf rankings.

“I’m excited to see their matches,” Donald said. “I will have my eye on some young and exciting talent to try and build this team.”

then there Francesco MolinariThe 2018 European victory champion, who is looking forward to returning to the national team after his absence from 2021 due to back problems. It comes in the top ten at Wentworth.

“Having an Italian in the team would be huge,” McIlroy said.

Molinari said cases with LIV will recede from September 29 to October. One event next year.

“The Ryder Cup is such a big, important and fantastic event that I don’t think it will ever be damaged by the conflict,” Molinari said. “Even if the situation is not resolved, I think everyone’s attention for this week will be on the Ryder Cup.”

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