Jon Rahm believes Rory McIlroy has ‘realized at some point you need to evolve’ after his bombshell U-turn on LIV Golf… after he claimed defectors to Saudi-backed rival should NOT be punished for returning to PGA Tour

  • McIlroy’s comments mark a ‘change’ according to LIV defector Jon Rahm 
  • Tyrrell Hatton says that McIlroy’s mind has been changing in recent days 
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Two of the highest profile LIV Golf defectors spoke about the PGA Tour’s most ardent defender when Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton were asked about Rory McIlroy.

Ahead of the first LIV Golf event of the season at Mayakoba in Mexico, the two Europeans were asked about McIlroy’s recent comments that LIV players should be allowed to return to the PGA without punishment.

It’s a shocking turn for McIlroy, considering his animosity for the Saudi-backed tour. But both Hatton and Rahm believe it’s just part of the evolution of the Irishman’s thoughts on the current situation.

‘Well, I’ve spoken to Rory a bit in the past week and back in December,’ Hatton revealed. ‘That’s kind of along the lines of what he said to me. 

‘It’s not a surprise to hear him say that in the media. Ultimately, I would like to still be able to play events on the other two tours. But we’ll see how all that works out.’

Rory McIlroy believes that LIV Golf players should be allowed to return to the PGA freely

Jon Rahm says that McIlroy's beliefs mark an 'important statement for change'

Jon Rahm says that McIlroy’s beliefs mark an ‘important statement for change’

Tyrrell Hatton said that McIlroy spoke to him recently and shared the same idea personally

Tyrrell Hatton said that McIlroy spoke to him recently and shared the same idea personally

Rahm agreed, saying, ‘I would pretty much say the same along the lines of what Tyrrell said. I haven’t spoken to him a lot recently. But he might have had a change in thought process, as in maybe with some of the things he said in the past. 

‘I think he might be seeing that the landscape of golf is changing and at some point you need to evolve. 

‘So I think he might be seeing that, and everybody is entitled to their opinion, but it’s nice to have the support from a player the caliber of Rory, especially those Ryder Cup remarks he made early on. I think that’s an important statement for change to be said.’

Of course, McIlroy may also still be feeling the sting of the PGA’s shocking rumored merger with LIV – a decision that has led to the Irishman criticizing the leadership of the PGA Tour.

McIlroy will participate in his first PGA Tour event of the year on Thursday when he tees off in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California. 

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