Rory McIlroy talks ‘bleak’ leaderboard motivation at BMW PGA, Italian Open debut and Ryder Cup hopes | golf news

Rory McIlroy, ahead of the Italian Open, on the possibility of LIV Golf members playing the Ryder Cup next fall: “I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times, I don’t think any of these players should be involved in a Ryder Cup team.”

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Rory McIlroy speaks to DP World Tour CEO Keith Bailey ahead of the DS Italian Open

Rory McIlroy admitted that the ‘dreary’ presence of LIV Golf members competing in the BMW PGA Championship helped him to a strong finish at Wentworth.

About 18 players from the Saudi-backed circuit took part in the main event of the DP World Tour, including 15 players who took part in the LIV Golf Championships in Boston last week, and Patrick Reed and Taylor Gotsch were among the team to impress.

Reed set the club’s initial goal after a stealth-free 63 and drove for several hours during the final day, only to finish fifth as Shane Lowry netted a one-stroke win over McIlroy and John Ram.

The best action from the latest round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

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The best action from the latest round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The best action from the latest round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

“The leaderboard at Wentworth last week at around 2pm on Sunday looked very grim if I was in my position,” McIlroy said ahead of the DS Italian Open.

“Maybe that gave me some extra motivation and some of the other guys on the leaderboard to get past 14 under the mark. It’s a strange time in golf, and hopefully over the next couple of years we can somehow solve it.

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry speak against members of LIV Golf competing in the BMW PGA Championship

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Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry speak against members of LIV Golf competing in the BMW PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry speak against members of LIV Golf competing in the BMW PGA Championship

“Maybe I get myself into a conversation a lot at times, but I can’t help myself because I feel so strong about it. It’s up to the forces that should try to come up with some sort, not a solution, I don’t think that’s the right word, but the strategy going forward So that the game can drive at the highest level.”

McIlroy makes his championship debut and professional debut in Italy this week at Marco Simone GC, as the four-time main champion is keen to learn about the track ahead of hosting the Ryder Cup next September.

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“It was really important to be here,” McIlroy added. “In all the other European Ryder Cup courses I’ve played on, I’ve played before. I just wanted to get some preparation. I wanted to get an early look at the golf course.

“I knew I wouldn’t be able to come back here next May [when next year’s Italian Open is due to take place] And I play because of the schedule and everything else, so this is my only chance to play. I wanted to be here.

“I wanted to come and look at the golf course and feel like I’m starting to get along with everyone else a little bit in terms of the 2023 Ryder Cup, but it’s not just about that. Look, it’s great to play on the golf course and it’s great to play in competition, but here I am. To try to win a golf tournament as well, so I’m trying to kill two birds with one stone this week.”

McIlroy is joined on the field in Italy by the likes of US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick, Victor Hovland and Francesco Molinari, with former World No. 1 – who has previously said he doesn’t want LIV members in his next Ryder Cup squad – looking to see a new wave of European stars play their way into the competition .

DP World Tour CEO Keith Bailey has given his verdict on the LIV golf course at the BMW PGA Championship.

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DP World Tour CEO Keith Bailey has given his verdict on the LIV golf course at the BMW PGA Championship.

DP World Tour CEO Keith Bailey has given his verdict on the LIV golf course at the BMW PGA Championship.

“I think this is the right time to start looking at the future of the European team,” McIlroy said. “We’ve done incredibly well with our core group of guys over the past two decades, basically, but all good things come to an end at some point.

“I think it’s time to kind of start this process and the blood of some new players, but it’s up to these guys to give their hand to choose. This process started last week and we’re just going to have to see how it goes over the next 12 months.

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“It would be great to have some youngsters on the team. I think the Ryder Cup at home is the best place to introduce them to the Ryder Cup as well. I hope we see some new faces on the team next year.”

McIlroy later added, “I’ve said it once I’ve said it a hundred times, I don’t think any of these guys should be on the Ryder Cup team.

Watch the DS Italian Open all week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage of the special groups begins Thursday from 7.30 am on Sky Sports Golf