Today, several more PGA Tour members, including the world No. 2 Cameron Smith, are expected to officially join the Greg Norman-led LIV Golf league.
It will be the fourth or fifth wave of Tour players who’ve signed on with the breakaway tour despite a coordinated campaign of bribes and bullying that would make the mob blush.
Last week, Rory McIlroy described how he tried to sell Smith on staying with the PGA Tour. And if true, it’s no wonder why so many prominent players headed for the exits.
In short, McIlroy essentially told Smith he could care less if he stays or leaves; it won’t “make a difference” to the Northern Irishman. He just wanted to make sure Smith was smart enough to understand all of the facts.
“So my whole thing, like I had a conversation with Cameron Smith two days after the Open, and firstly, I wanted to congratulate him, but also I wanted — guys that are thinking one way or another, honestly I don’t care if they leave or not,” said McIlroy.
“It’s not going to make a difference to me.
“But I would at least like people to make a decision that is completely informed and basically know this is what’s coming down the pipeline.
“This is what you may be leaving behind.
“I just don’t want people making decisions — hearing information from one side and not from another. So I think that’s sort of been my whole thing this entire time.
“I’ve always said guys can do whatever they want. Guys can make a decision that they feel is best for themselves and their families. But I want guys to make decisions based on all of the facts.
“Sometimes I don’t think some guys made those decisions based on having all the facts in front of them.”
If McIlroy is the firewall between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, no wonder why there’s been a mass exodus.