McIlroy: Strange LIV golfers not around

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GUIDONIA MONTECELIO, Italy (AP) LIV Golf defections have cut off European stalwarts from the Ryder Cup, some of them for the first time in three decades. Rory McIlroy said Wednesday they are missing the Ryder Cup more than Team Europe is missing them.

Nowhere to be found at Marco Simone are Lee Westwood, who has been part of every Ryder Cup since his debut in 1997. Sergio Garcia, who began his seamless Ryder Cup career in 1999, made a made a last-ditch attempt to make good with the European tour and get to Rome.

Ian Poulter and his passion. Graeme McDowell and his heroics. All are with Saudi-funded LIV Golf, all of them ineligible to take any role in this Ryder Cup. That includes Henrik Stenson, appointed European captain for this team until choosing to sign with LIV last summer.


Money Leaders: DP World
Rank Player Earnings
1 Rory McIlroy €7,404,657
2 Jon Rahm €4,900,361
3 Viktor Hovland €2,937,292
4 Ryan Fox €2,600,315
5 Min Woo Lee €2,366,064
6 Victor Perez €2,160,255
7 Tom Kim €2,144,975
8 Tommy Fleetwood €1,926,704
9 Tyrrell Hatton €1,923,135
10 Sepp Straka €1,756,108
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