Rory McIlroy has admitted it will likely be ‘unusual’ to not see the LIV Golf rebels competing on the Ryder Cup this yr.
Only one participant from the breakaway league will tee off in Rome this weekend, with Brooks Koepka set to star for Staff USA.
Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood all performed for Staff Europe of their 2021 defeat.
Nevertheless, none of them will return to motion on the Ryder Cup on the Marco Simone Golf and Nation Membership as a result of their strikes to LIV Golf.
Because of this McIlroy, who refused to affix the league, feels that though their absence will really feel peculiar, they may miss taking part.
“It is definitely a little bit unusual not having them round. However I feel this week of all weeks, it’ll hit residence with them that they aren’t right here,” he stated on Wednesday.
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“I feel they’re going to miss being right here greater than we’re lacking them, so it is simply extra I feel this week is a realisation that the choice that they made has led to not being part of this week, and that is powerful.
“The panorama in golf is ever-changing and extra dynamic, and we’ll see what occurs and whether or not they are going to be a part of it sooner or later.
“I at all times thought main as much as this week is when it’ll hit residence that they aren’t going to be right here.”
PGA of America, which is completely different to the PGA Tour, are answerable for the choice for Staff USA.
Although LIV Golfers can play for them within the Ryder Cup, LIV occasions don’t permit qualification factors for gamers so a wildcard choose, like Koepka’s, appears to be the one method in for now.
Staff Europe however is generally run by the DP World Tour, a direct rival to LIV Golf, so membership with the previous is essential to play.
The forty fourth Ryder Cup will start on Friday morning, with the opening foursomes set to get going at 6:35am UK time.
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