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Rory McIlroy's Masters win would have 'asterisk' as LIV Golf star makes bold statement

Rory McIlroy will again try to win The Masters in 2024, but LIV Golf star Talor Gooch has said there would be an "asterisk" if he gets it done.


  • Feb 27 2024
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Rory McIlroy's Masters win would have 'asterisk' as LIV Golf star makes bold statement
Rory McIlroy's Masters win would have 'asterisk' as LIV Golf star makes bold statement

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Rory McIlroy has taken heat from Talor Gooch. (Image: Getty Images)

Talor Gooch from LIV Golf has thrown a sharp jibe at PGA Tour's Rory McIlroy about The Masters. The LIV Golf star questioned whether McIlroy would get full respect for conquering the famous tournament. 

McIlroy will have another go at winning the big tournament in April that he hasn't won yet. But Gooch reckons if McIlroy wins, it won't be quite right.

McIlroy was really close to winning last year when he came second to Scottie Scheffler. If McIlroy gets to wear the winner's Green Jacket at Augusta in 2024, he'll do it without some LIV players there, like Gooch. Gooch told Australian Golf Digest that the absences would change the perception.

"If Rory Mcllroy goes and completes his Grand Slam without some of the best players in the world, there's just going to be an asterisk. It's just the reality," Gooch said. "I think everybody wins whenever the majors figure out a way to get the best players in the world there."

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Gooch LIV Golf individual title in 2023, but he didn't get to join the Masters as LIV's world rankings problems persisted.

This year's outside invites went to the Australian Open and LIV Mayakoba champion Joaquin Niemann, the European tour rookie of the year Ryo Hisatsune, and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen. Gooch, who won three LIV events last season, has seen his world ranking drop to No. 247.

Despite his success on the circuit in 2023, those who play on the Saudi-backed circuit are not awarded ranking points. Though he could still be offered a late invitation for The Masters, a disappointed Gooch said he is not surprised by the major's decision.

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"I think the majors have kind of shown that they're not getting on board with LIV," he said. "'Jaco' [Niemann] went outside of LIV and played some great golf, and they rewarded him for that. So, hopefully, the day will turn when the majors decide to start rewarding good play on LIV."

After LIV's season-ending event in Miami in 2023, Gooch added: "Being able to play in the majors, it's the pinnacle of golf, so if I don't get that chance, that's going to suck." His fellow LIV star Jon Rahm, will be at The Masters having won the title in 2023. McIlroy missed the cut a year ago and he will hope to have a stronger campaign in 2024.

Back in September, McIlroy tried to explain what has prevented him from winning the tournament. Rather than having anything to do with his skill, he thinks it has to do with his mental approach.

"I think sometimes because it's the one I haven't won, the only thing I think about that week is winning it," McIlroy said during an appearance on GOLF's Subpar. "And that's not the way to approach a golf tournament." He added: "I probably get in my head a little too much around there at times. But there have been other times where I've handled it ok and I've had good results."

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