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McIlroy turns down Premier Golf League

19th February 2020, 17:20 by Dan McCarthy

World number one Rory McIlroy says he does not want to compete in the proposed breakaway Premier Golf League.

The Grand Prix-style, world-tour format would aim to rival the PGA Tour and European Tour.

It would feature 48 of the world's top players and the total prize fund would be an eye-watering $240million.

The proposals, led by the British-based World Golf Group, have drawn mixed views, with some saying it is merely a cash grab.

Players have been warned they would be forced to choose between playing in the new tour or on the existing PGA and European Tours.

Now, the organisers have suffered a blow, with McIlroy stating his intention to swerve the lucrative events, citing what he feels would be a lack of "freedom".

"The more I've thought about it the more I don't like it. For me, I'm out," said the Northern Irishman.

"I read a thing the other day that said if you take the money, they can tell you what to do, so if you don't take the money, they can't tell you what to do.

"I think that's my thing - I've never been one for being told what to do and I like to have that autonomy and freedom over my career, and I feel I would give that up by going to play this other league."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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