DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley has insisted he doesn't regret the European-based circuit's past association with the Saudis given everything that has transpired with LIV Golf.
Pelley is now in a position where he can talk a bit more freely, given Sports Resolutions upheld the tour's conflicting tournament release regulation and its ability to sanction members who breached it.
The main criticism the DP World Tour has faced and continues to face is that their relationship with the PGA Tour is very much one-way.
Would the DP World Tour be in a better position now if they partnered up with LIV Golf?
Some golf fans have suggested the aforementioned McIlroy's battle with Patrick Reed in Dubai made the tournament even more exciting.
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Who knows what will happen going forward.
The DP World Tour previously hosted the Saudi International before it made the switch to the umbrella of the Asian Tour, which is also the beneficiary of LIV's financiers through the International Series.
Does Pelley regret this?
He told Eamon Lynch of Golf Today:
"That is correct"
We are now five months away from the Ryder Cup.
As for Pelley, he recently confirmed that the decision to include LIV players is very much up to European captain Luke Donald.
Automatic qualification, clearly, now appears almost impossible for some LIV players.
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