Rory McIlroy admitted the "dynamic was absolutely fine" after playing his second round of the DP World Tour Championship with Adrián Otaegui, who has had a large presence in LIV Golf's inaugural season.
McIlroy carded a second round of 68 that was highlighted by a stunning finish of birdie-birdie-eagle on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
The Northern Irishman's task to try and win the tournament may still be too big at this point as when McIlroy signed for his 4-under par second round the leaders still had nine holes to play.
But nonetheless he was happy. He told the media:
In case you have been living under a rock, McIlroy has been quite outspoken throughout 2022 after the emergence of LIV Golf.
Critics have accused him of changing his tune weekly. McIlroy maintains he's just trying to be as honest as he can be.
McIlroy said only an "adult in the room" can help with peace talks between the warring PGA Tour and the breakaway series.
Although this PGA Tour legend completely disagrees with McIlroy's sentiments.
McIlroy was paired with Otaegui for his second round. The Spaniard has won $1,294,500 on the course with LIV in their debut season.
Was there going to be any animosity?
As soon as McIlroy tapped in for his closing eagle at No. 18, he embraced the Spaniard warmly.
Asked about this, McIlroy told the media:
All smiles for Rory McIlroy after he cards a second round of 4-under 68 at the DP World Tour Championship.— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) November 18, 2022
McIlroy closed with an eagle at No. 18
Who do you think will win this week? pic.twitter.com/Llv97Y8aXN
At the time of writing McIlroy is projected to finish top of the DP World Tour Rankings.
Despite falling short in the majors once again, if he were to hold off Ryan Fox for the honour it would bookend a remarkably consistent 2022.
McIlroy won the FedEx Cup, scooping the $18m bonus after raining on Scottie Scheffler's parade when he won the Tour Championship at East Lake.
He also won the CJ Cup last season and also the RBC Canadian Open. McIlroy defended the CJ Cup three weeks ago.
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