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McIlroy offers approval in bid to end golf's civil war

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Rory McIlroy has welcomed the news a group of PGA Tour players will meet officials from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund as efforts continue to make a deal to end golf's civil war.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan revealed earlier this week he had met with PIF governor Yasir Al-Rumayyan in January and the Tour's six player-directors will follow suit on Monday.

"It should have happened months ago, so I am glad that it's happening," McIlroy said after his final round 72 at the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

"Hopefully that progresses conversations and gets us closer to a solution."

Asked what he hopes the players take away from the meeting with Al-Rumayyan, McIlroy said: "That fundamentally he wants to do the right thing.

"I've said this before, I have spent time with Yasir, and the people that have represented him in LIV have done him a disservice - so (Greg) Norman and those guys.

"I actually think there's a really big disconnect between PIF and LIV - you got PIF over here, and LIV are sort of over here doing their own thing.

"So the closer that we can get to Yasir, PIF and hopefully finalise that investment, that will be a really good thing.

"They're a sovereign wealth fund. They want to park money for decades and not worry about it.

"They want to invest in smart and secure businesses, and the PGA Tour is definitely one of those, especially if they're looking to invest in sport in some way.

"But it's going to require patience. People have contracts at LIV up until 2028, 2029.

"I don't know if they're going to see that all the way out, but I definitely see LIV playing in its current form for the next couple years while everything gets figured out.

"(It's not) an overnight solution, but if we can get the investment in, then at least we can start working towards a compromise."