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He's been golf's most vociferous critic of the breakaway LIV tour but there are tentative signs Rory McIlroy might be softening his perspective.
While there's not quite any suggestion the Northern Irishman is about to abandon the PGA Tour for Saudi millions, McIlroy has said he wants the parties to hold talks and work together.
And while the 33-year-old believes the atmosphere is too delicate for those discussions to be held right away, he implied they need to happen sooner rather than later.
'I've always said there's a time and place where everyone involved needs to sit down and work together,' McIlroy said. 'It's very hard to do that right now with court cases going on.
'There's a natural timeline to let things settle down a little bit. People can go into those meetings with a cooler head.
'I don't want a fractured game. The game of golf is ripping itself apart and that's no good for anyone. It's not good for the guys on the traditional system or the guys on the other side either.
'Right now, with where everything is, it's probably not the right time but we probably can't leave it too much longer. I'm all for getting around the table and sorting things out.'
Rory McIlroy has called for talks between the PGA Tour and LIV over the future of golf
McIlory has been one of golf's most passionate critics of LIV in a tough year for the sport
But the 33-year-old has now said that talks need to be held sooner rather than later
McIlroy also said that LIV players should be getting ranking points for the events they play in, as well as being eligible to compete in majors.
'If Dustin Johnson is somehow 100th in the world it’s not an accurate reflection of where he is in the game,' McIlroy said. 'But at the same time, you can’t make up your own rules.
'There’s criteria there, everyone knows what they are and if they