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Rory McIlroy will not rejoin the PGA Tour Council after being rejected

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rory McIlroy will not return to the PGA Tour Policy Board as expected due to concerns from other player managers about bringing him back, McIlroy said Wednesday.

McIlroy, who resigned from the policy board on Nov. 14, would replace Webb Simpson on the PGA Tour Policy Board and the PGA Tour Enterprises Board of Directors.

“There’s been a lot of conversations,” McIlroy said ahead of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship at the Quail Hollow Club. “It kind of reminded me why I didn’t do it (stay on the board). So yes, I think it has become too complicated and too messy.

“I think the way it happened opened up some old wounds and scar tissue from things that had happened before. I think there was a segment of people on the board who probably didn’t like me coming back for one reason or another.

Simpson, 38, will complete his term, which ends in 2025. Simpson said he planned to leave both rooms to spend time with his family.

“I think the best course of action is if there are people who don’t like me coming back, I think Webb stays on and finishes out his term,” McIlroy said. “I think he’s gotten to a place where he’s comfortable with it, and I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing.”

In addition to Simpson, other player managers on the tour’s policy board include Patrick Cantlay, Peter Malnati, Adam Scott, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods. Former tour member Joe Ogilvie is the board’s contact person.

McIlroy, the world’s No. 2 golfer, joined the policy council in 2022 and is expected to continue in his role until 2024. The 35-year-old cited personal and professional commitments when he decided to leave the board late last year.

McIlroy’s surprise reversal comes as the PGA Tour tries to negotiate a final agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, which finances rival LIV golf competition. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and PGA directors met with PIF Governor Yasser Al-Rumayyan in the Bahamas on March 18.

McIlroy previously met with Al-Rumayyan to discuss the future of professional men’s golf. McIlroy said Al-Rumayyan wanted to do “the right thing” with the Public Investment Fund’s investment in golf.

He said some PGA Tour members have expressed concerns about the ability to play a global schedule outside the United States and whether golfers who left for LIV Golf will be allowed to return to the tour.

With Simpson remaining on the policy board, McIlroy said he “remains optimistic” that an agreement with the PIF can be reached.

“I think Webb staying is a very good thing,” McIlroy said. “I think he has a very balanced voice in all of this, and I think he sees the bigger picture, which is great. I was afraid that if Webb resigned and I wasn’t the one to take his place, what would happen? Did it happen? Yes, I’m very happy because Webb has made the decision to stay in office and serve out the remainder of his term.

McIlroy, who grew up in Northern Ireland, said both sides would have to make compromises in good faith to reach an agreement. He is frustrated that the deal isn’t done yet because “we have a chance to get it done.”

Discussing what needed to be done to bring this fractured sport together, McIlroy invoked the Good Friday Agreement signed on April 10, 1998, which ended the political unrest in Ireland and Northern Ireland that had occurred since the the sixties had occurred.

“The Catholics weren’t happy, the Protestants weren’t happy, but it brought peace, and then you learn to live with what was negotiated, right?” McIlroy said. “It was 1998 or whatever, and 20, 25, 30 years later my generation doesn’t know anything different. It has always been that way, and we have never known anything but peace.

“This is, I guess, my little way of thinking about it and getting both sides to see that a compromise is possible here. Yeah, maybe it wouldn’t be great for either party, but if this is a place where you start a game… “Golf is thriving again and we can all get together again, so I think that’s a really good thing in the end. “