McIlroy defends golfers’ right to compete in Saudi

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Rory McIlroy said he viewed golfers as “independent contractors” and that the PGA and European tours should allow players to compete in the Saudi International in February. The Saudi International, which will be on the Asian Tour schedule in 2022, has released a list of confirmed golfers, including high-profile names such as Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson. The PGA Tour has yet to grant waivers to Tour members, citing a conflict of events as reason for the delay. The non-PGA Saudi event is scheduled to take place over the same weekend as the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. “In m…

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