Rory McIlroy resigns from PGA Tour’s board amid LIV Golf partnership negotiations

Rory McIlroy has officially resigned from the board of the PGA Tour, marking the end of an era as he steps down from his role.

Amid the Tour’s fight against LIV Golf and its Saudi Arabian supporters in recent years, McIlroy quickly rose to prominence as the face of the Tour. His decision to resign from the board on Tuesday night comes as a significant development for the organization.

“Given the extraordinary time and effort that Rory — and all of his fellow player directors — have invested in the tour during this unprecedented, transformational period in our history, we certainly understand and respect his decision to step down in order to focus on his game and his family,” Commissioner Jay Monahan and Edward D. Herlihy, the board’s chairman, said in a statement,

via The New York Times

“[McIlroy was] instrumental in helping shape the success of the Tour, and his willingness to thoughtfully voice his opinions has been especially impactful.”

McIlroy cited personal and professional commitments as the primary reasons for his resignation, emphasizing the need to refocus on his game and family. He said this week in Dubai that the commitment to the board had exceeded his initial expectations.


After a long fight against LIV Golf, and new negotiations for a deal with the league, Rory McIlroy is taking a step back from PGA Tour leadership.

After a long fight against LIV Golf, and new negotiations for a deal with the league, Rory McIlroy is taking a step back from PGA Tour leadership. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images) (Andrew Redington via Getty Images)

Speaking about the status of the deal in Dubai, McIlroy hinted at ongoing progress in the negotiations, offering an optimistic outlook on the path forward, via NBC Sports.

“I think if you were in the middle of it, you would see that there’s a path forward,” McIlroy said. “It’s just that no one on the outside has any details, right? Loose lips sink ships, so we are trying to keep it tight and within walls. I’m sure when there’s news to tell, it will be told.”

Despite his resignation from the board, McIlroy continues to be a prominent figure, with significant achievements on the Tour and exciting new ventures on the horizon.

His departure from the board presents an opportunity for the remaining player members to elect a successor to fill McIlroy’s position through the end of his term, stimulating speculation about the future of the Tour and its leadership.

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