McIlroy admits ‘morality’ played a part in turning down Saudi Arabia event

Tanya Simon
December 12, 2019

Rory McIlroy has sympathy for the under-fire Patrick Reed and claimed people like to "kick him when he's down" after the American was penalised for improving his lie at the Hero World Challenge.

McIlroy did not deny reports that he had been offered a $2.5m (£1.9m) fee.

"I think the live shot isn't as incriminating as the slow-mo", McIlroy said, via the Golf Channel.

A week after Tiger Woods revealed that he had rejected Saudi International, a European Tour event, McIlroy did the same.

Unlike Woods, McIlroy didn't hide the fact that he simply doesn't want to go to Saudi Arabia and admitted that "morality" was one of the factors behind his decision.

"Yeah 100 per cent, there's a morality to it as well", McIlroy said about the event, which will take place from January 30 to February 2.

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Amnesty International describes the Saudi regime's human rights records as "heinous" but the country has been attempting to lure big sporting events to the kingdom, notably last Saturday's world heavyweight boxing title fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr in Riyadh.

'You might say that about so many global locations, not simply Saudi Arabia, however plenty of worldwide locations that we play in that there is a motive to not go, however for me, I simply do not need to go'.

McIlroy and Woods as a substitute will focus their taking part in schedules on PGA Tour occasions on the U.S. West Coast at the moment of the 12 months.

'I mediate the setting appears to be like better at the events on the West Soar and I may well worthy pretty play in front of mountainous golf fans and play in a tournament that if truth be told excites me, ' McIlroy mentioned.

World No.1 Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson are among the big names set to compete at the Saudi Arabia event, which is due to start on January 30, 2020.

American golfer Patrick Reed, meanwhile, has denied cheating in a tournament last week and hit out at worldwide team players for saying he had, as a little edge entered proceedings yesterday ahead of the Presidents Cup.

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