Rory McIlroy admits his relationships with a number of Ryder Cup teammates have been significantly damaged by their defection to LIV Golf.
Five members of the European team beaten at Whistling Straits last year have joined the Saudi-funded breakaway, along with Henrik Stenson, whose decision resulted in him losing the captaincy for next year’s contest in Rome.
Four of those five — Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Bernd Wiesberger — are among the LIV contingent in the field for this week’s PGA Championship at Wentworth, near London, a factor McIlroy said he would find “hard to stomach”.
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Asked on Wednesday if his relationship with Poulter, Westwood and Garcia specifically could survive, McIlroy said: “I have no idea. I wouldn’t say I’ve got much of a…