LIV Golf a lingering topic in Memphis as PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs begin

AP file photo by Gerald Herbert / Rory McIlroy, the PGA Tour player who has been most oustpoken in criticizing the LIV Golf series, hopes the FedEx Cup playoffs will at least temporarily return the focus to what happens on the course.

MEMPHIS - Perhaps it was only fitting that a violent thunderstorm hit TPC Southwind right about the time a federal judge in California ruled against a motion that would have allowed three players who cashed in on LIV Golf to compete for $75 million in bonus money on the PGA Tour.

On the eve of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the ruling still resounded.

"Common sense prevailed, and I thought it was the right decision," said Rory McIlroy, a player-director on the PGA Tour board and the strongest voice against the rival league. "And now that it's happened, I think it just lets us focus on the important stuff, which is the golf, and we can all move forward and not have that sideshow going on for the next few weeks, which is nice."