"It's nearly like it's obliviousness to it rather than anything intentful" -Rory McIlroy has his say on Patrick Reed, who was penalised for improving the lie of his ball in a bunker with his practice swing at the Hero World Challenge last week.
Tiger Woods also declined the reported £1.9m ($2.5m) appearance fee on the table, but McIlroy discussed the reasons behind his decision, including "morality". 2 tournament that has offered lavish appearance fees to attract numerous world's top players.
He joins 15-time major victor Tiger Woods in not taking up an invitation despite reportedly being offered a huge appearance fee, thought to be $2.5 million.
"You could say that over so many countries, not just Saudi Arabia, but many countries where we play, there is a reason not to go, but I just don't want to go". 'You could say that about so many countries, not just Saudi Arabia.More news: Billie Eilish and Alicia Keys duet on "Ocean Eyes"
On Golf Channel's Morning Drive, he said: "It's just not something that excites me".
Amnesty International describes the Saudi regime's human rights records as "heinous" but the country has been attempting to lure big sporting events to the kingdom, notably last Saturday's world heavyweight boxing title fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr in Riyadh.
"One hundred percent, there's a morality to it as well".
McIlroy and Woods as an different will focal point their taking half in schedules on PGA Tour events on the U.S. West Soar at that time of the year.More news: Harbour Air flies the world's first electric seaplane
'I believe the ambiance seems higher on the occasions on the West Coast and I might a lot somewhat play in entrance of huge golf followers and play in a match that basically excites me, ' McIlroy stated.
McIlroy told the Golf Channel in an interview he had no interest in playing the Saudi International tournament in late January.
World number one Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson - who won the inaugural tournament in February - and five-time major champion Phil Mickelson are among those who will compete in the event which gets under way on January 30.More news: Hearables drive the wearables market toward nearly doubling in size