Mcllroy believes golf could learn a thing or two from the Good Friday Agreement

Mcllroy believes golf could learn a thing or two from the Good Friday Agreement

Rory McIlroy has suggested that both the PGA and LIV Golf should seek a resolution to their ongoing dispute by emulating the famous Good Friday Agreement.

Both golf bodies have been engaged in an ongoing back-and-forth about the future of golf, with LIV, the newer Saudi-led format, attracting many of the world's best from the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour since it's inception in 2022.

Since then, figures such as Greg Norman, LIV CEO, Jay Monaghan, the PGA Commissioner, and Rory McIlroy, among others, have been involved in the ongoing saga in some capacity.

McIlroy, who was the most vocal advocate for the PGA side, was rumoured to be on the verge of a sensational switch to the supposed enemy, but that rumour was refuted hours later.

The golfer, who has also softened his stance on LIV Golf and the notion that players are prioritising money over golf, has a potential solution to the problem golf finds itself in.

McIlroy has claimed this week that a resolution to the golf dispute may be found by emulating the Good Friday Agreement.

The Good Friday Agreement, signed in 1998, aimed to bring an end to the conflict in Northern Ireland by establishing power-sharing institutions and addressing key issues like governance and human rights. It has since been instrumental in fostering peace and reconciliation in the region.

"Reflecting on the urgency of the situation, I often find myself drawn to a comparison that resonates deeply with me. Just as Northern Ireland navigated the turbulent waters of conflict towards the shores of peace with the Good Friday Agreement, I see parallels in the current negotiations between the LIV and PGA. It's a process where neither side may find complete satisfaction, but where the greater goal of revitalising the game of golf beckons us towards compromise and collaboration," said McIlroy at the Wells Fargo Championship this weekend.

"In essence, it's about envisioning a future where the game thrives once more, where the divisions of today blur into the unity of tomorrow. While the road to compromise may be fraught with challenges and discomfort, the promise of a reinvigorated golfing community, akin to the enduring peace in Northern Ireland, is a beacon worth pursuing. For in the end, it's not just about the satisfaction of one side or the other, but the collective victory of a sport that brings us together."

Speaking further on the issue, McIlroy was also expected to make his return to the PGA Tour Policy Board after leaving it several months prior, but confirmed that his return to the board was blocked by a "subset of people on the board."

"It got pretty complicated and messy, I think, with the way it happened. 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 who were maybe uncomfortable with me coming back on for some reason," he added.

"I think the best course of action is if there are some people on there who aren't comfortable with me coming back on, then I think Webb [Simpson] 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."

The Ulsterman tees off at 12.39 p.m. ET (5.39 BST) this Thursday and 11.33 p.m. ET (4.33 BST) on Friday