McIl­roy turns down spot in Saudi tour­na­ment

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Los An­ge­les, US - Rory McIl­roy con­firmed on Mon­day he had turned down the chance to play in next month's Euro­pean Tour event in Saudi Ara­bia de­spite re­port­edly be­ing of­fered a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar ap­pear­ance fee.

McIl­roy told the Golf Chan­nel in an in­ter­view he had no in­ter­est in play­ing the Saudi In­ter­na­tional tour­na­ment in late Jan­uary. "It's just not some­thing that would ex­cite me," the North­ern Ir­ish­man said, echo­ing com­ments from

Tiger Woods who last week con­firmed he had also re­jected an ap­proach to play in the event.

The tour­na­ment has at­tracted a slew of tal­ent in­clud­ing world No 1 Brooks Koepka, for­mer US Open cham­pion Dustin John­son and Phil Mick­el­son.

Golfers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the in­au­gu­ral event last year faced crit­i­cism, with the tour­na­ment tak­ing place just months af­ter the killing of US-based Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi in Oc­to­ber 2018.

Mick­el­son was crit­i­cised last week af­ter an­nounc­ing his de­ci­sion to play in the tour­na­ment. McIl­roy, who was re­port­edly of­fered $2.5mn to play in the tour­na­ment, hinted in his Golf Chan­nel in­ter­view that 'moral­ity' had in­flu­enced his de­ci­sion.

Rory McIl­roy

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