Rory McIlroy was standing on the range at East Lake Golf Club during last year’s Tour Championship in Atlanta discussing Patrick Reed being suspended by the PGA Tour after he bolted for Saudi-backed LIV Golf when he let out a revealing reaction in the game’s ongoing civil war.
“And dropped spots on the world rankings,” the Northern Irishman quipped as cameras for Netflix’s “Full Swing” were rolling. “Beautiful!”
The moment, revealed (spoiler alert) in the final episode of the docuseries that dropped on Wednesday, peels back the curtain on the dissension between the rival circuits and in particular the feelings of McIlroy, an outspoken critic of the controversial new league almost from its inception.
The series also premieres, coincidentally, a month after the infamous “tee gate” incident between Reed and McIlory at Emirates Golf Club in which the former flicked a…