LIV golfers Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed weigh in on their separate beefs with Rory McIlroy

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That was particularly evident on Thursday, when two LIV players - one from Europe and another from America - both weighed in on their ongoing beefs with one of the PGA Tour's staunchest loyalists. McIlroy appears to have adopted a hard-line stance against both his friends and rivals, as fellow Ryder Cup stars Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed have both found out.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Garcia, who starred alongside McIlroy in several stunning Ryder Cup victories, lamented the loss of his friendship with the Northern Irishman over his decision to join LIV - blaming it on "immaturity" on McIlroy's part.

"I think it is very sad," Garcia said. "I think that we've done so many things together and had so many experiences that for him to throw that away just because I decided to go to a different tour, well, it doesn't seem very mature; lacking maturity, really. "But Rory's got his own life and he makes his own choices, the same way that I make mine. I respect his choices, but it seems like he doesn't respect the ones I make. So a one-way street." According to McIlroy, the relationship effectively ended over a text last year. "He was basically telling me to shut up about LIV, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. "I was pretty offended and sent him back a coupe of daggers and that was it," he told the Irish Independent in December.

Speaking on Thursday, Garcia made it clear he doesn't have any personal issues with McIlroy.

"I don't have a problem with him. He's the one that has a problem," he said. "So if he wants to reconcile, then I'm willing to talk, but I'm not sure he'll pull himself down to that level." Meanwhile, perhaps a less surprising fued is the one McIlroy has with American Ryder Cup rival Patrick Reed. Another LIV defector, Reed drew McIlroy's ire when he subpoened the Northern Irishman to testify in court as part of his ongoing lawsuit against the PGA Tour. Like Garcia, Reed was quickly crossed off McIlroy's Christmas card list, and when the American went over to say hello to McIlroy at the Dubai Desert Classic last month, all he got was the cold shoulder.

Like Garcia, Reed also discussed his beef with McIlroy on Thursday, but seems eager to maintain there is none - even though McIlroy made it absolutely clear after the incident in Dubai that he very much does hold a grudge against the American. "The thing about Dubai is it got blown out proportion, as if it was something horrible between two players when him and I were staying at the same hotel, and both times we saw each other [we said] 'Hi, how you doing?' It was normal," Reed told Golf Digest. "Was there probably some gamesmanship? And probably some stuff going on because of a bunch of other stuff? Is there probably some gamesmanship? "I've always had full respect for Rory. I've always loved the battles I've had against him. I've just watched the [2016] Ryder Cup highlights [recently] … they are insane. Same thing at Augusta [during Reed's 2018 Masters victory] when I was playing with him on the Sunday... there's nothing better you want as a player trying to win your first major than it being against Rory McIlroy. He was also going for his career grand slam." While a reconciliation between Reed and McIlroy seems highly unlikely, Garcia still holds out hope he and McIlroy will sort out their differences. He appears to have made peace with the fact that his Ryder Cup days are over, however, with a wild card selection to the team looking unlikely despite his stellar career record - the best in Europe. "I wouldn't want to harm the atmosphere in the team room," Garcia said. "I love that event too much for that."

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