Rory McIlroy says again: no European LIV rebels should play at Ryder Cup

  • Jon Rahm called for likes of García to be allowed to play in Rome
  • McIlroy: ‘I don’t think any of those guys should be part of team’

Rory McIlroy has reiterated his opposition to LIV Golf players being allowed to represent Europe in the Ryder Cup.

The world No 2 Jon Rahm believes the likes of Sergio García, with whom he formed a successful partnership in 2021, should be able to compete in Rome and said he was sad that “politics have gotten in the way” of the biennial event.

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Sergio García needs to stop taking swipes for the good of his reputation | Ewan Murray

Life has apparently turned sour for the LIV rebel, with digs at Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and a Ryder Cup snub

There once was a swashbuckling young Spaniard named Sergio. When Señor García burst on to the golf scene more than two decades ago, there was excitement about a player who was carefree on the course and had a twinkle in his eye off it. The expectation was that García would win a lot more than the solitary major that has come his way – the 2017 Masters – but a combined 27 victories between the DP World and PGA Tours still make the 43-year-old one of the finest players of his generation.

We are, however, entitled to ask why life apparently turned so sour for García. Going by the guide books, his 2022 switch to LIV Golf should have afforded him professional harmony. The rebel tour has been handed fresh impetus by the success of Brooks Koepka at the US PGA Championship.

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‘What is this?’ Footgolf on the rise with World Cup on horizon | Kieran Pender

The sport remains niche in Australia but the national team is heading to the US this month there is even talk of Olympic inclusion

Footgolf, as the name suggests, is a sport combining elements of football and golf. “The easiest way to explain it,” says Steve Senyard, captain of the Australian national footgolf team, “is that it’s an offshoot of golf using a soccer ball. We’re basically kicking the ball, instead of using the club. The holes are larger, so the ball can fit. But otherwise it’s played using golf rules.”

This week, Senyard and a 12-strong national team arrived in Orlando, Florida, for the 2023 Footgolf World Cup. Following a weekend of practice, the tournament will begin on Monday and run for over a week. The event is the fourth edition of the Footgolf World Cup; the first tournament was held in Hungary just over a decade ago.

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