Rory McIlroy's feud with Sergio Garcia is over! How? Their wives got involved...

Sergio Garcia confirmed at Valderrama he is back on speaking terms with Rory McIlroy after the pair fell out over LIV Golf. 

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Wed, 28 Jun 2023
Rory McIlroy's feud with Sergio Garcia is over! How? Their wives got involved...

Sergio Garcia has revealed he is back on speaking terms with Rory McIlroy after the Northern Irishman sent a 'nice' text to the Spaniards wife which led to the first steps in burying the hatchet. 

Speaking ahead of LIV Golf Valderrama, Garcia said the duo got together and talked after the U.S. Open in which McIlroy was left disappointed in a major once again with a second place finish. 

This news they have made a start in repairing their friendship is not a surprise given that McIlroy reportedly caught Garcia's eye at Los Angeles Country Club and gestured that he would call the 2017 Masters champion. 

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Men's professional golf was rocked by the stunning announcement before the third major of 2023 that golf's warring factions had made peace. 

The PGA Tour have agreed a 'framework agreement' with LIV Golf's Saudi backers, PIF. The European-based DP World Tour is also involved in this agreement. 

We got our first look at what this agreement looks like earlier in the week after US lawmakers demanded answers. 

As for Garcia and McIlroy, the Spaniard said 'I got my friend back'. 

Garcia was speaking to the assembled media at Valderrama. The news was first reported by GolfByTourMiss

He said:

"I think that at the end of the day, the important thing is that Rory and I, we got together, we talked, we had a great, great conversation with two, two friends that wanted to get back to that spot. And that’s, that’s the most important thing.
"Friendship  as that was definitely was the saddest part of all of these, some of those friendships and they kind of went a little sour.
"At the end of the day, like I said, to me, the most important thing is that I, you know, I got my friend back. And, and that's, that's what matters the most."

Garcia revealed McIlroy had sent his wife Angela Akins 'a nice message' which led to the incentive of reaching out. McIlroy's wife Erica Stoll was also involved in the peace talks. 

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He continued:

"Yeah, we talked, we talked a little bit about it among, among all of us, I guess, me with Angela, I guess.
"Obviously, Angela, and Erica, they said 'Hi' to each other at the US Open, and there was a nice text from Rory to her, and that kind of gave me the incentive to to reach out to him. I have been thinking about it for a while, but I wasn't totally sure about it.
"I think that at the end of the day, the important thing is that we we got together and talked – we were two friends that wanted to get back to that spot. Like I said, no doubt it was the saddest part of all of  this, these friendships turning sour.

Garcia has been ruled out of the Ryder Cup this year. Who knows, he may be in the 2025 side. 

GolfMagic have already taken a look at who they believe will be representing Europe and the United States this September. 

Garcia was asked about the prospect of one day representing Europe again alongside McIlroy. 

He said:

"Well, we'll see we that's that's, that's a long ways away. And this doesn't mean anything when it comes down to that. But the end of the day, like I said, to me, the most important thing is that I, you know, I got my friend back. And, and that's, that's what matters the most."

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