Rory McIlroy, Matthew Fitzpatrick with LIV golfers in Ryder Cup ‘limbo’

Rory McIlroy isn’t involved by what it’d do to Europe’s Ryder Cup workforce. He isn’t hedging or straddling the fence.

Golfers who’ve left for Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf shouldn’t be a part of the occasion, which runs subsequent yr from Sept. 29-Oct. 1, McIlroy mentioned.

“I’ve mentioned it as soon as, I’ve mentioned it 100 instances: I don’t suppose any of these guys must be on the Ryder Cup workforce,” McIlroy informed reporters Wednesday at this week’s Italian Open on the Marco Simone course exterior of Rome that will even host the Ryder Cup.

He broke from what U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick mentioned relating to the LIV gamers, that his curiosity is successful subsequent yr’s Ryder Cup and never what tour they’re taking part in.

“I simply wish to win the Ryder Cup. … I need the 11 finest guys we are able to get,” Fitzpatrick mentioned. “I’m probably not too bothered about the place they will come from.”

Rory McIlroy of Northern Eire talks with Keith Pelley, CEO of the DP World Tour through the pro-am for the Italian Open.
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Matthew Fitzpatrick at the BMW PGA Championship at Sept. 10, 2022.
Matthew Fitzpatrick on the BMW PGA Championship at Sept. 10, 2022.
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European captain Luke Donald is in “limbo” with the problem tied up within the courts after the LIV gamers had been banned from occasions on the PGA Tour. Donald was named the captain final month after Henrik Stenson’s captaincy was revoked when he joined LIV. He mentioned nothing has modified since his appointment.

“We don’t know what’s going to occur with the lawsuit so I’m making an attempt to probably not put an excessive amount of power into it,” Donald mentioned. “As soon as we get a clearer image, I may give you higher solutions.”

Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are among the many previous Ryder Cup stalwarts that defected from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf.

Luke Donald is the Ryder Cup captain for Europe
Luke Donald is the Ryder Cup captain for Europe.
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Donald has six captain’s picks to associate with six automated qualifiers for the squad that consists of the three main gamers on the European factors checklist and the highest three on the world factors checklist.

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