Rory McIlroy has the “most to lose” in LIV-PGA deal as insider says there won’t be a deal in 2024 “at the rate we’re going”

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As per the Golf Channel's insider, Rory McIlroy has the most to lose in the LIV Golf-PGA Tour deal. He also feels that the deal is not going to be formalized by the end of the year at this rate.

Rory McIlroy, who was most vocal against the Saudi-backed circuit, had a change of heart recently. He has become one of the biggest supporters of the deal and wants the solution as soon as possible. However, Golf Channel's Rex Hoggard doesn't think it's going to happen anytime soon.

In the recent Golf Channel podcast, Hoggard and Ryan Lavner talked about the LIV-PGA Tour deal status. He said:

"I mean, I think everybody wants to see some sort of resolution, but I'm starting to come around to the idea that this was never going to be a quick process. As a matter of fact, I think now, in retrospect, December 31st is almost comical. I'm not quite sure we're going to have something by December 31st of this year at the rate we're going."
"But if you hear Rory, who probably has been the most outspoken and, quite frankly, the most loose on this issue, when he has that level of optimism, I think it's a step in the right direction."

Recently, McIlroy said that the LIV was not going to end anytime soon, and he was hopeful to see more collaboration and understanding between the tours. However, as of now, there has not been any significant progress in the deal between the two rival circuits.

What's next for Rory McIlroy?

Rory McIlroy is set to compete at the US Open 2024, the season's third Major championship, which will be played from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16, at Pinehurst No. 2.

McIlroy hasn't won a Major since the 2014 PGA Championship and is looking to end his drought in majors. He has a solid record at the US Open, including a win in 2011, which was his first Major championship.

The 35-year-old Irishman has made five straight top-10 finishes at the US Open. Last year, he finished runner-up, falling one stroke behind Wyndham Clark. Overall, he has made 10 cuts in 15 starts here and has registered seven top-10 finishes.

Speaking of this season, McIlroy has bagged two titles at the Zurich Classic and the Wells Fargo Championship, respectively. He tied for 22nd at the Masters Tournament and was placed T12 at the PGA Championship.

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