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Rory Mcllroy halts return to PGA Tour Policy Board

The PGA Tour’s policy board will likely not see the return of one of its board members. According to ESPN, No. 2 global golfer Rory McIlroy will not be returning to the PGA Tour’s policy due to the discussions over is possible return on the policy board by its members.

Alongside Mcllroy, the policy board members included Patrick Cantlay, Peter Malnati, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth, and Tiger Woods, with Joe Ogilvie as a board liaison. 

The Northern Irish golfer is one of the most famous names in the golfing world. Being a member of both the European Tour and the PGA Tour,  Mcllroy is one of three golf players to win all four major championships by age 25. Mcllroy has also taken home a plethora of awards including the PGA Player of the Year, PGA Tour Player of the Year, Vardon Trophy, and Byron Nelson Award. 

Mcllroy opened up about his experience witnessing these discussions in a recent interview ahead of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club on Wednesday.

“It got pretty complicated and pretty messy,” said McIlroy. “I think it opened up some old wounds and scar tissue from things that have happened before. There was a subset of people on the board that were maybe uncomfortable with me coming back on for some reason. I think the best course of action is, if some people on there aren’t comfortable with me coming back on, then I think Webb just stays on and sees out his term. I think he’s gotten to a place where he’s comfortable with doing that and I just sort of keep doing what I’m doing.”

Mcllroy joined the policy board in 2022 and was expected to replace Webb Simpson on the PGA Tour policy board and the board of directors of PGA Tour Enterprises. After delays from the board deliberating over his decision, Mcllroy decided to resign with Simpson remaining in his place to ride out the rest of his term.

Mcllroy shared that he was released that Simpson was remaining on the board, worried about what “could potentially happen” if he had gone through with stepping down.

“I’m really happy that Webb has made that decision to stay on and serve out the rest of his term,” said Mcllroy.


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