“Who knows who the next player is that’s going to sign up, but I just know it’s not going to be me.”
Shane Lowry has ruled out signing up to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour and said he is happy to continue competing on the PGA Tour and the European Tour.
The Irish golfer said that he feels the sport is not just about money, and that there is prestige attached to winning tournaments on the traditional tours that cannot be matched by the new venture.
Lowry, speaking ahead of the US Open at Brookline in Massachusetts, feels he earns enough money from the PGA and European Tours to support his family, and is not interested in the extra financial incentives on offer with the rival tour.
Shane Lowry on the LIV Golf tour.
“I think every player that is not there and not signed up to it has had it up to here with talking about it,” Lowry told Sky Sports Golf.
“It’s all everyone talks about – no matter where you go or on the off course. It’s nice to go back to your hotel or house in the evening and just get away from it. But even at that, if you have a few people with you, you end up talking about it again.
“It’s not that it’s a worrying time for golf, but I don’t know what way it’s going to go.
“For me, I play on the PGA Tour and European Tour and that’s what I’m going to do. I’ve been lucky enough to give my family a life that I never thought was possible from playing a game of golf. I’m happy with what I’ve got there.
“Who knows who the next player is that’s going to sign up. But I just know it’s not going to be me. That’s where I am with the whole thing.”
Shane Lowry won’t be signing up to the LIV Golf tour.
Lowry went on to say that winning prestigious tournaments matter more to him than prize money.
Lowry was in no doubt about which tournament he would rather compete in and win.
“You just have to look at it with what Charl won at the weekend, fair play to him, he won that tournament. But with what Rory won, I would rather win that tournament. That’s the way I look at it.
“I would rather win this week than win anything. If you win this tournament this week, you don’t look at your winner’s cheque at the end of the day. You’re standing there with that trophy with all those names on it and that’s what golf is about.”
You can watch Lowry’s interview below.
"I've been lucky enough to give my family a life that I never thought was possible from playing a game of golf – I'm happy with what I've got there."
Shane Lowry brilliantly explains why he won't be signing up to the LIV Golf tour. pic.twitter.com/otveEX56N6
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