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Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy patch things up after a heated argument at LIV Golf

In the past, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy have shared common ground as Ryder Cup comrades, but tensions are growing due to a dispute between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

Garcia made a clear departure from the PGA Tour two years ago by deciding to leave in favor of Saudi-backed LIV Golf.

Continuing his critical stance, McIlroy has publicly expressed his disapproval of the LIV Golf initiative, making him one of its loudest critics.

In 2022, at the height of golf’s infighting, McIlroy revealed a text message he had with Garcia during the U.S. Open that year.

Garcia had texted him advising him to ‘shut up’ over his disdain for the new breakaway league. “He was basically telling me to shut up about LIV, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,” McIlroy told the Irish Independent.

“I was pretty hurt and sent him a few daggers, that’s all,” she responded with harsh messages.

But they appear to have worked to repair their relationship since the heated argument. Reflecting a year later, Garcia suggested that a conversation between his wife Angela and McIlroy at the 2023 U.S. Open played a role in easing their strained relationship and led to the rekindling of their friendship.

“Angela and Rory said ‘Hello’ to each other at the U.S. Open,” Garcia said, marking a significant moment in the narrowing of the gap between them.

“And Rory had a nice message for him. That kind of gave me the go-ahead to reach out to him. I’d been thinking about it for a while, but I wasn’t entirely sure about it. And when I saw that reaction from him, it kind of gave me the go-ahead to get closer. We had a great conversation. It was just two friends who wanted to get back to that. That’s the most important thing.”

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McIlroy took a dig at Garcia even a few months later. The Northern Irishman had previously suggested that LIV could co-exist with the PGA Tour, similar to cricket’s Indian Premier League, and take a month-long slot into the season.

Garcia was not happy with the suggestion, however, and told the Evening Standard that he thought LIV ‘deserved more’ than four weeks per season.

The response was directed at McIlroy at the Dubai Desert Classic in January, who rolled his eyes and commented: “Yeah, Sergio feels like he deserves a lot of things. But it seems like there’s actually no bad blood between the former Ryder Cup teammates. Garcia was asked in a QandA on Instagram who his favorite pro golfer was, and he added McIlroy to the list. “I like watching my mates,” he replied. “Guys I get along with.

“Guys like Jon Rahm, my teammates on the Fireballs and Rory and guys like that. I don’t have a specific person, but my idols have always been Seve (Ballesteros) and (Jose Maria) Olazabal. Yeah, that’s the case.”

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