‘Disappointed’ Padraig Harrington fears DP Tour future as Rory McIlroy calls for closer partnership with PGA

Pádraig Harrington admits he is very concerned about the future of the DP World Tour as events are set to take a serious downgrade in the world rankings next month.

It’s devastating, Harrington said of the new system that will see European events score few world ranking points, and it’s not talked about with everything that happens.

“I’m really in a daze. For the guys to come, I don’t see the way anymore to get into the top 100, that’s what you have to do.

Get into the top 100 and you can play majors, play top events, and test yourself without having to throw yourself into the deep end.

“If this path turns professional, plays in Europe and enjoys the comfort of your home environment to grow your game, learn your game, and develop as a player, with this new system, it’s over.”

The LIV golf series, not the world rankings, is the big talking point in the game this week after four-time winner Brooks Koepka defected to the Saudi-funded league.

Speaking before the Connecticut Travelers Championships, McIlroy said he was surprised by the “dual behavior” of some golfers who took the Saudi money.

“Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he said earlier,” he said of Kupka.

“I think that’s why I’m surprised a lot of these guys say one thing and then do another, and I don’t get it and I don’t know if it’s for legal reasons or if they can’t – I have no idea.

“But it’s very disingenuous for them to say one thing and then do another…all the way through, in public and in private, all of it.”

As for the strategic alliance between the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, McIlroy wants to see more collaboration in the face of the threat of LIV Golf.

“I’ve always advocated something where Tours work closely together or we make some kind of World Tour model or ATP model,” he said. “Where there are different events taking place in different parts of the world, but they are all governed under one umbrella.

“I would love to see the PGA Tour and the European Tour start working more closely together and maybe try to forge a path to where all the biggest golf events in the world are under the same umbrella.”

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