Brooks Koepka and Abraham Ancer will both be leaving for the Saudi-backed series, which has only further pushed speculation surrounding other golfers on the PGA Tour potentially leaving in the near future.
Among those listed by Golf Monthly that could potentially be a part of the “second wave” of LIV Golf additions are Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama, Adam Scott, and Marc Leishman. Any of these would be big departures from the PGA Tour.
However, it sounds like Morikawa (currently fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking after finishing tied for fifth at the U.S. Open) wants no part of LIV Golf. He vehemently denied the rumors on social media on Tuesday, saying that the media is trying to make these rumors that are purely speculation.
“Just your #11 money winner on PIP here to say good morning to everyone! Last week at my press conference, I said the media loves creating drama. Sure enough, I woke up this morning to everyone thinking I’m next. Not to say I told you so but…I told you so.”
“To state for the record, once again, you all are absolutely wrong. I’ve said it since February at Riviera that I’m here to stay on the PGA Tour and nothing has changed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some cereal to pour in my milk.”
To state for the record, once again, you all are absolutely wrong. I’ve said it since February at Riviera that I’m here to stay on the @PGATOUR and nothing has changed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some cereal to pour in my milk
— Collin Morikawa (@collin_morikawa) June 21, 2022
Fellow PGA Tour golfer Justin Thomas jokingly replied to the post from Morikawa, saying that he thought it was a bit concerning that Morikawa pours his milk before his cereal in the morning.
You going milk first is more of a concern than you going anywhere…
— Justin Thomas (@JustinThomas34) June 21, 2022
While it is certainly a good sign for Morikawa to make this statement that he is staying with the PGA Tour, he wouldn’t be the first to go back on his word and potentially join LIV Golf.
It certainly seems like almost everyone has a price on the PGA Tour. It will be interesting to monitor whether or not Morikawa stays true to his word when the money comes calling from LIV Golf.
[Collin Morikawa on Twitter; photo from Raymond Carlin III/USA Today Sports]