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Rory McIlroy, a staunch PGA Tour supporter in his battle against LIV Golf, said Wednesday he was happy to see the three players seeking an injunction deny their request to play in this week’s FedEx St. Jude Championship.

McIlroy, a four-time major champion who is entering the FedEx Cup playoffs sixth in the points standings, said “common sense prevailed.”

In a press conference after his pro-am round at TPC Southwind, McIlroy said that Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones being cleared to play in the first of three FedEx Cup playoff events would have meant a big distraction.

“I thought it was the right decision,” he said. “Let’s focus on the essentials, which is golf. We can all go ahead and not have that side show for the next few weeks, which is fine. ”

The three players were among a group of 11 LIV Golf competitors who filed an antitrust complaint last week against the PGA Tour, seeking a reduction or removal of their indefinite suspensions imposed for playing LIV events. Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau are part of the lawsuit, which is not expected to be heard until next year.

But Gooch, Swafford and Jones requested a temporary restraining order that would have allowed them to compete this week. Despite not having played in a PGA Tour event since early June, all three players had comfortably qualified for the playoffs based on their previous results.

“It was personal to me from the start, but I…I would say it gets deeper and deeper,” Justin Thomas said Wednesday at a press conference. “It’s kind of like I said from the start, these guys had the opportunity to go play and just go play. You can have your cake, but you don’t need to eat it too. And they got their fair share of a big, big amount of cake, and go eat it on your own. You don’t have to bring it on our visit.

“I think we’re keeping things the way they are and we can continue to build an amazing product that has given a lot of us like me a great platform to keep improving it.”

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The top 125 in the final FedEx Cup standings are eligible to compete in this week’s event which has a $15 million prize pool and will see the top 70 in points advance to next week’s BMW Championship. The top 30 from there advance to the Tour Championship with a chance to compete for the FedEx Cup, where the winner receives an $18 million bonus.

McIlroy, who hit all 18 greens in regulation time in the final round of the British Open at St. Andrews but finished two strokes behind winner Cam Smith, said he took two weeks off after the tournament and that he hadn’t returned to golf last week.

He couldn’t help but notice the news of the lawsuit and the names of the players that matched the PGA Tour.

“The thing I would say is I definitely have a little more respect for the guys who didn’t put their name on the suit,” he said. “I mean, it got a little more personal because of it.”

McIlroy said he followed the proceedings, which unfolded in a Northern California courtroom on Tuesday.

“Guys are going to make their own decisions that they think are best for them and that’s fine,” he said. “Again, I’m not blaming anyone for going to play LIV or taking guaranteed money. If that’s your prerogative and what you want to do, fine.

“I think where the resentment comes from the members of this Tour is the fact that they want to try to come back here without consequences, and anyone who has read the PGA Tour handbook or followed the rules and regulations, that would be feel very unfair to them.

“That’s kind of how it went and I think everyone who played by the rules was – again, it’s like there’s such a long way to go. It’s like you birdied the first hole, but you still have 17 holes to go. It was a good day for the Tour and for the majority of the members yesterday.”

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