Rory McIlroy has stepped down from his player director role on the PGA Tour's policy board abruptly.

His shock resignation comes following the PGA Tour's decision to enter into a framework agreement to partner with the DP World Tour and Saudia Arabia's Public Investment Fund in June.

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The County Down golfer, 34, has served on the board for two years and has very publicly decried the LIV Golf League which is funded by Saudia Arabia's sovereign wealth fund.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and Edward D Herlihy, the policy board chairman, confirmed the news in a memo to members.

The world number two player sent his resignation letter to the board citing that he had made the difficult decision due to 'personal and professional commitments'.

'Given the extraordinary time and effort that Rory - and all of his fellow player directors - have invested in the tour during this unprecedented, transformational period in our history, we certainly understand and respect his decision to step down in order to focus on his game and his family,' the statement said.

Rory is married to former PGA of America employee Erica Stoll and they share a two-year-old daughter together, Poppy.

Golf had a big role to play in how Rory and Erica met in 2012.

After he proposed in Paris, the couple tied the knot in luxurious fashion at Ashford Castle in County Mayo in April 2017.

They welcomed their daughter in 2020.

Their little girl regularly joins her daddy for tournaments and scores top marks on the adorable front with fans.

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