Rory McIlroy’s comments on LIV Golf shine at majors as Bryson DeChambeau beats him to US Open

Rory McIlroy tragically missed out on the US Open title on Sunday, falling short against Bryson DeChambeau to finish second at a Major for the fourth time since 2014.

Rory McIlroy was comforted by his caddy after capitulating at Pinehurst No. 2(Getty images)

Rory McIlroy lost US Open glory to Bryson DeChambeau in painful fashion – and the American’s presence on the LIV Golf circuit could make the defeat even more painful, even if the PGA Tour star’s attitude has softened of late.

Through 71 holes, McIlroy and DeChambeau were tied in an exciting final of the fourth round of a gripping tournament. However, the Northern Irishman missed a close-range putt at the age of 18 and scored his third bogey in the last four holes to ensure the wait for an elusive fifth major title continued.

McIlroy has been at the center of the rift between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. He has been one of the staunchest critics of the Saudi-backed circuit since it came to prominence in 2022.

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Last year, McIlroy declared that the Masters and the three other majors – the PGA Championship, the US Open and the Open Championship – should rise above any talk of LIV Golf. Before heading to Augusta National, the 35-year-old said, “Look, it’s a story and a storyline, but the Masters and the four major championships are above all that noise, and that’s how it should be this week.”

Since those comments, his stance has softened amid merger discussions that could result in the PGA Tour and LIV Golf coming together. In December, McIlroy spoke candidly and openly about LIV Golf, acknowledging the Saudi-backed tour’s place in the sport’s new ecosystem.

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Rory McIlroy’s miss for par at the 18th condemned him to an embarrassing defeat as Bryson DeChambeau won the US Open(Getty images)

“I think what LIV has done is it has exposed the flaws in the golf system because we all have to be independent contractors and we can choose which tournaments we want to play,” said the four-time Major champion. said.