Rory McIlroy on LIV Golf vs PGA Tour court case: "Common sense prevailed"

Rory McIlroy welcomes the decision to deny temporary restraining orders for three LIV Golf players at the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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Wed, 10 Aug 2022
Rory McIlroy on LIV Golf vs PGA Tour court case: "Common sense prevailed"

Rory McIlroy believes "common sense prevailed" after LIV Golf players Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford were denied temporary restraining orders to compete in the FedEx Cup Playoffs that begin in Memphis this week. 

In an early legal victory for the PGA Tour, federal judge Beth Labson Freeman denied a temporary restraining order for the three players. 

She said she was satisfied that the plaintiffs "had not established irreparable harm" after both sides made lengthy submissions.

How did Rory McIlroy react to the court ruling? 

"From my vantage point, common sense prevailed and I thought it was the right decision," said McIlroy ahead of the FedEx St Jude Championship, the first event of the FedEx Cup Playoffs this week. 

"It lets us focus on the important stuff, which is the golf. We can all move forward and not have that sideshow going on for the next few weeks, which is nice."

McIlroy also spoke about how walking into the lead spokesperson role on the PGA Tour has also helped his golf of late. 

"I don't feel like it's my job to be up here and sticking up for the PGA Tour or being a spokesperson, it's just the role I have found myself in," said McIlroy, who lies sixth in the season-long FedEx Cup race. 

"I feel when I then get myself inside the ropes I feel that no one can get to me and that's really nice. It's made the golf more enjoyable; if anything it has probably helped my golf."

McIlroy, who finished third at The Open in his last start, also revealed how he has barely touched a golf club since St Andrews nearly a month ago. 

"I took two weeks off, didn't touch a club, didn't see the inside of a gym, probably didn't eat a vegetable," he said. 

McIlroy starts a warm tournament favourite this week as he looks to win his third title of the PGA Tour season. 

He is also bidding to win his third career FedEx Cup having won it in 2016 and 2019. 

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