Rory McIlroy says PGA Tour and DP World Tour should hold talks with LIV Series

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Rory McIlroy says PGA Tour and DP World Tour should hold talks with LIV Series

Rory McIlroy says the time has come for the PGA Tour and DP World Tour to hold discussions with the controversial new Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.

A number of the worlds top male players have joined the new series, which has led to sanctions including suspension from the PGA Tour.

"That needs to happen," replied McIlroy, when asked whether "peace talks" should take place.

"Its unfortunate. Its messy. I wish it hadnt got that messy."

McIlroy added that he believed steps could have been taken to avoid the ructions that have enveloped the upper echelons of the mens professional game.

"In hindsight there were probably steps that were missed that wouldnt have made it as messy," the former world number one told BBC Sport Northern Ireland.

"Theres so much chat about where the money is coming from Saudi and everything else. They sponsor so many other things. They are all over sport."

Amid increasingly acrimonious exchanges between the worlds two main tours and the new series fronted by Greg Norman, McIlroy agrees that players who have joined LIV Golf should not be allowed to compete on the other tours.

On Monday, LIV Series player Ian Poulter was informed he could play at this weeks Scottish Open after an appeal against his ban was upheld.

However, four-time major winner McIlroy believes some form of compromise will eventually have to be found.

"At the end of the day it will sort itself out," he said.

"Everyone has to pivot and change and try to be better and hopefully get to that stage but as you said now its messy and all the narrative isnt good; its splitting the game instead of everyone coming together.

"I think everyone needs to come together a little bit more."

McIlroy pointed out the Saudi Arabia government-owned energy company Aramco sponsors several Ladies European Tour golf events.

"The Aramco Ladies Series in golf has actually been really good for ladies golf in terms of big prize funds and everything else," he said.

"I understand peoples reservations with things but at the same time, if these people are serious about investing billions of dollars into golf, I think ultimately thats a good thing but it has to be done the right way.

"I think if they were to invest, having it be invested inside the existing structures. Thats the thing Ive tried to advocate for over the last few months."



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