Following reports that Rory McIlroy's appearance fee is what kept him from competing in the Australian Open, the chief executive officer of Golf Australia is setting the record straight.
Stephen Pitt, the CEO, denied the report in a statement on Thursday according to Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner.
“I can confirm there was no agreement in place with Rory McIlroy or his management at any point for Rory to play in this year’s Open,” he said, via multiple media reports. “In addition to not having any agreement in place, at no stage were Golf Australia or tournament organizers advised by Rory’s management that his appearance costs had increased. This simply isn’t true.”
McIlroy's Manager, Conor Ridge, issued a statement denying the claims as well:
“Both Rory and Horizon Sports Management value our reputation for professionalism and integrity. Hence, when such inaccuracies are reported in the media, we have an obligation to set the record straight. It has been five years since Rory last played in Australia, but he is very much looking forward to returning down there to play again in the near future.”