Rory McIlroy’s Revealing Reaction to LIV Golf on Netflix’s Full Swing

Rory McIlroy, the number one top-ranking golfer in the world, is one of the most outspoken critics of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.[0] He[1]s featured in Netflix’s new golf documentary series Full Swing and it provides evidence of his opinion of two of those who joined the circuit.[0]

When Rory McIlroy was on the practice range at East Lake Golf Club during the Tour Championship in Atlanta last year, talking about Patrick Reed being disciplined by the PGA Tour for joining the Saudi-funded LIV Golf, McIlroy gave an illuminating response to the ongoing conflict in the sport.[2] He asked when the Dallas Cowboys last made the Super Bowl and when he was told 1996, he responded: “And he dropped spots in the world rankings – beautiful!”[3]

Full Swings inaugural season, consisting of eight episodes, will be available to stream on Netflix starting Wednesday, February 15th at 8am.[4] Rory McIlroy was initially reluctant to take part in the show, but he agreed to feature in the last episode after his position against LIV Golf saw him play a significant part early on in the series.[5] Netflix producer James Mumm told the U.K. Mirror that McIlroy agreed to be involved after being told [1]the golf world needs his voice.[1]

McIlroy explained the ground rules that he set for the producers, saying: “I made sure that the parameters were very much like, look, you can film me–you’re not coming to my house, you’re not coming in my car, you’re not coming anywhere near my family, but you want to do some stuff with me at golf tournaments, totally fine.”[7]

The animosity for the two Masters champions is clearly lingering on Tour, especially with McIlroy, the proverbial leader in the battle against LIV Golf.[1] Despite whatever justification they may have, Rory McIlroy is not happy with them.[8] As long as LIV remains, it is probable that his animosity towards those golfers will endure indefinitely.[8]

0. “Full Swing: Rory McIlroy net worth (and 5 things you might not know about the golfer)” Netflix Life, 13 Feb. 2023,

1. “Full Swing: Rory McIlroy shows true feelings for Mickelson, Reed” Golfweek, 15 Feb. 2023,

2. “Rory McIlroy's F-bomb to LIV Golf star hailed highlight of Netflix series” Belfast Live, 16 Feb. 2023,

3. “Rory McIlroy tees off on Phil Mickelson with jaw-dropping comment in Netflix Full Swing series amid PGA…” The Irish Sun, 15 Feb. 2023,

4. “‘F**k you, Phil’: Rory’s hilarious Mickelson whack in behind-the-scenes moment” Fox Sports, 16 Feb. 2023,

5. “Rory McIlroy fires lethal shots at 2 LIV rebels in the latest Netflix series” Sportskeeda, 6 Feb. 2023,

6. “‘F**k you, Phil': Rory McIlroy's jibe at Mickelson highlights LIV rivalry” Belfast Telegraph, 15 Feb. 2023,

7. “Rory McIlroy explains Netflix boundaries and if he's open to an in-round interview” Yahoo Sports, 8 Feb. 2023,

8. ““I feel like what some people have done has affected the rest of the profession” – Rory McIlroy on formation of LIV” Sportskeeda, 15 Feb. 2023,