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John Rahm has hailed Rory McIlroy’s efforts as “incredible” on and off the golf course this year

World No. 5 John Rahm has praised Rory McIlroy’s stance against Leaf Golf along with his golf performances this year, and admits he worries about fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia’s legacy.

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McIlroy is targeting more success in Dubai this week, live Sky Sports Golfas the world’s No. 1 aims to cap off a memorable 2022 tournament with a DP World Championship win.

A second-place finish at The Masters, an eighth-place finish at the PGA Championship followed, a fifth-place finish at the US Open and then a narrowly missed win at The Open, before McIlroy brought his FedExCup-winning form from the PGA Tour back across Europe in the fall.

McIlroy aims to win the DP World Tour Championship this week, live on Sky Sports McIlroy aims to win the DP World Tour Championship this week, live on Sky Sports

McIlroy aims to win the DP World Tour Championship this week, live on Sky Sports

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McIlroy’s second-place finish with Ram at the BMW PGA Championship in the first of three consecutive top-four finishes on the DP World Tour lifted him to the top spot, as the 33-year-old now looks to become the first since Henrik. Stinson wins the FedExscope Order of Merit and the DP World Tour in the same year.

All along, McIlroy, who won a CJ Cup again on the PGA Tour in his latest outing, has been a staunch supporter of golf tours entrenched in their legal battle with the Saudi-funded breakaway LIV circuit, and believes it may take CEO Greg Norman leaving LIV Golf to get any decision within the sport.

When asked how he assessed McIlroy’s actions on and off the golf course, Rahm was full of praise…

“What’s my assessment?” he said. “You’re putting me in a difficult position here.”

“He golfed amazingly to win the FedExCup, and to have the chance to win the Race to Dubai as well.

McIlroy's performance this year saw him win the FedExCup McIlroy's performance this year saw him win the FedExCup

McIlroy’s performance this year saw him win the FedExCup

“I think it’s the second time in his career that he’s won both, which is quite an achievement. He played amazing. I think the only thing that will tell you he’s missing is a major championship after a pretty great year.

“It’s great to see someone with their platform take a stand like he did, whether you agree with it or not, he took a stand on what he believes in and that’s it. I think it’s cool.”

Speaking at a press conference, Ram was full of praise for McElroy and admitted he was worried about Sergio Garcia's legacy. Speaking at a press conference, Ram was full of praise for McElroy and admitted he was worried about Sergio Garcia's legacy.

Speaking at a press conference, Ram was full of praise for McElroy and admitted he was worried about Sergio Garcia’s legacy.

“He had a lot of input. He was on the PGA Tour board and tried to make a change.

“To be honest, with the length of these meetings and how much we players talk to each other to play as well as him, it’s pretty amazing.

“I mean, in this profession, we’re all CEOs of basically our own little golf company, and now he’s invested in so much more than that. Again, the role he’s played in both is absolutely amazing.”

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McIlroy says Greg Norman needs to step down as CEO at LIV Golf immediately because golf tours need an “adult in the room” to help end their feud.

McIlroy says Greg Norman needs to step down as CEO at LIV Golf immediately because golf tours need an “adult in the room” to help end their feud.

On the flip side, Ryder Cup legend Garcia was one of the first to leave the PGA and DP World Tours and join LIV.

The Spaniard has a career-high 16 wins on the DP World Tour and has appeared in 320 tournaments since turning professional in 1999. The 2017 Masters champion has reached the world’s No. 2 ranking.

The 42-year-old’s decision to join LIV could disqualify him from competing in the Ryder Cup, an event in which he has appeared 10 times in his career and scored the most points (28.5) in the competition’s history.

While Ram says he hopes Garcia’s legacy remains unaffected, he admits he can see how that could be for some.

“I do not wish [Garcia’s legacy affected]. It’s unprecedented, right, what we’ve been dealing with in golf, in the past… It hasn’t even been that long, what, six months. And there will certainly be a before and after at some point, and there is definitely some dichotomy.

Ram admits that for some Garcia's legacy may be tainted by his LIV golfing exploits Ram admits that for some Garcia's legacy may be tainted by his LIV golfing exploits

Ram admits that for some Garcia’s legacy may be tainted by his LIV golfing exploits

“But I think the core fans who have been a fan of Sergio, I don’t think they care, really, where he plays. Some might, but most of them I don’t really think they care.

“It still shouldn’t change what he did in the game; what he did on the Ryder Cup, the European Tour, the PGA Tour, it shouldn’t be influenced by where he decided to play golf, at least in my mind.

“It could make an impact to some extent. I find it hard to believe that a lot of these players will have a positive impact with their legacy at the moment.

Garcia is the most successful Ryder Cup player in history, but he may not be eligible to play now Garcia is the most successful Ryder Cup player in history, but he may not be eligible to play now

Garcia is the most successful Ryder Cup player in history, but he may not be eligible to play now

“We don’t know what’s going to happen, but if it does, I hope it’s not a big deal, let’s put it this way. He’s done a lot for golf, so it’s going to be sad to see that change.”

Ram: We need to stop advertising for LIV | “I am not against LIV players gaining points in the ranking”

In terms of world ranking points and LIV golf, Ram admitted he was not against some LIV players being rewarded, but said adjustments would have to be made, both for LIV players and the world ranking system in general…

He added, “We need to stop publishing LIV. They’re not asking for it. That’s the first thing I’m going to say.”

“I’ll be as blunt as I can be. I think the official world golf ranking now is laughable.

“The fact that RSM Classic doesn’t have any of the top 20 in the world has more points than this event where we have seven of the top 20 is laughable. The fact that Wentworth had fewer points than Napa, having players in the world’s top ten is laughable .

“I think a lot of people are against them getting world ranking points. I’m not necessarily against it but there should be adjustments.

“If your requirement is for world ranking points as 72 holes and a par, you probably don’t give them 100 percent of the points because they don’t meet all the requirements.

“I also think it’s a two-year process, so they need to respect that like every other tour.

“But, as we say, if there’s some requirement and it’s only 54 holes and you don’t have the cut, maybe you give it, let’s say the winner gets 30 or I give them 75 percent of them, I don’t know.”

“They have some great players. That said, Dustin [Johnson] Not being one of the best players this year would be a mistake.”

Watch the DP World Championships 24/7 live on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins on Thursdays with featured groups from 5am on Sky Sports Golf, before full coverage from 7am.

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