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Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia, now it’s war

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In the second part of his interview given to The Independent newspaper, Rory McIlroy explained how his relationship with Sergio Garcia had deteriorated violently since the Spaniard’s departure from the LIV. The text conversation that Rory McIlroy is talking about dates back to the US Open.

It is a heated exchange between the two players who had become very close after several Ryder Cup campaigns side by side.

Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia

According to the Northern Irish, Garcia made contact on Friday of the US Open at Brookline a few days after his victory in the Canada Open, where McIlroy had turned on the CEO of the circuit financed by the PIF (Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia), Greg Norman.

“He was basically telling me to shut up about LIV, blah blah blah,” he told The Independent reporter. I felt offended and the tone rose and that was it. This information is the latest sign of the deterioration of the relationship between McIlroy and Garcia.

McIlroy was best man at Garcia’s wedding in 2017, and the Spaniard also attended the current world No. 1’s nuptials the same year. Undefeated in four doubles matches, the two players haven’t spoken to each other since Garcia left for the LIV and was virulent about his former teammates.

He was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland where he attended Sullivan Upper School. He belongs to the Holywood Golf Club, where he began his first training sessions followed by Michael Bannon, a coach he has maintained to this day.

McIlroy was part of the Junior Ryder Cup winning team in 2004, while in 2005 he became the youngest winner of both All-Ireland tournaments, the West of Ireland Championship and the Irish Close Championship. Also in 2005, at the North of Ireland Championship, held at The Royal Portrush, he broke the course record with a 61 at the age of 16, a record still unbeaten in 2019 at The Open Championship, held at The Royal Portrush .

In August 2006 he won the stage played at the Le Betulle Golf Club in Biella, Piedmont, of the European Amateur Championship with a score of 274 strokes (65-69-72-68), 3 less than the Englishman Lewton Stephen. In October 2006 he represented Ireland in the Eisenhower Trophy and the Amateur World Team Championship.

On February 6, 2007, he became the second man to lead the World Amateur Golf Rankings, although he lost the lead after just one week.

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