Collin Morikawa bought sick of PGA Tour-LIV questions. He had a improbable response

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Collin Morikawa speaks to the media on Tuesday at Los Angeles Nation Membership forward of this week’s U.S. Open.

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LOS ANGELES — Each main match has a pre-tournament theme. The favorites. The course. Perhaps the tough. Generally it’s a bigger storyline that takes over headlines. Eighteen months in the past: Will LIV Golf occur? Twelve months in the past: Will LIV Golf final? One month in the past: Ought to LIV Golf gamers be within the Ryder Cup?

And this week’s theme? That’s straightforward. No person is aware of something. Severely. Simply ask them.

“I’ll be utterly sincere, I actually know as a lot as you,” Matt Fitzpatrick mentioned.

“I do know as a lot if not lower than you,” Max Homa mentioned. “I’m in all probability not in a position to make an actual opinion.”

Added Cameron Smith, “There’s undoubtedly quite a lot of curious gamers, I feel, on each side as to what the long run goes to appear to be.”

What they’re speaking about, after all, is final week’s information of the merger of PGA Tour, DP World and PIF, which funds LIV Golf. That story broke precisely seven days in the past, and there’s nonetheless far more questions than solutions. Will LIV Golf exist sooner or later? How straightforward, or troublesome, will it’s for LIV gamers to return to the PGA Tour? What does the 2024 schedule appear to be? And what in regards to the Ryder Cup?

“I believed my telephone was going to catch on fireplace at one level,” mentioned Jon Rahm, who was at residence along with his children when the information broke. “There have been so many questions that I simply couldn’t reply. It’s mainly what it was. I feel it was that day at one level I advised [my wife] Kelley I’m simply going to throw my telephone within the drawer and never have a look at it for the following 4 hours as a result of I can’t cope with this anymore.”

It’s straightforward to grasp the gamers’ frustration, with the dearth of communication, with the uncertainty, and with the questions on it. Sure, they don’t know what’s taking place, however the media — I’m biased right here — nonetheless has to ask the questions. (That’s our job!)

This leads us to Collin Morikawa, the 26-year-old two-time main winner. He was prepared for the query, which got here on the finish of his press convention on Tuesday at Los Angeles Nation Membership. He in all probability wasn’t shocked to get it, both, since he was one of many big-name professionals to tweet moments after the information surfaced final week.

Right here was the reporter’s query: After your tweet the morning of the merger, you’ve had just a few days to course of it and discuss to folks. Are you able to share what your ideas are at this level?

“Yeah. I don’t know something,” he mentioned. “So I’ll discuss my FORE Youth Venture that we’re doing. It’s this Maggie Hathaway venture. It’s wonderful. It’s in a group that’s for underprivileged children, children that don’t have a possibility to play. There’s many nice organizations approaching board with this, and it’s one thing which means so much to me.”

An awesome reply, proper? Right here’s the remainder of it.

“I feel LA has a giant divide. We get to play Riviera yearly, we play LACC this 12 months. There’s an enormous divide between non-public golf and public golf out right here in Los Angeles,” he continued. “It’s not the case for everybody, however there actually is, and most of the people are taking part in public municipal golf programs, and the change of this golf course goes to be nice. It’s going to provide alternatives I feel that I’ve discovered from golf which might be in a position to simply train children simply the true world. College teaches quite a lot of issues, however the true world is you possibly can be taught so much from golf. That’s my reply.”

Talking of Maggie Hathaway, we wrote about it in our newest concern of GOLF Journal, which you’ll try right here.

Morikawa, who received Tuesday’s battle of the press conferences, begins his quest for main No. 3 at 11:13 a.m. ET on Thursday. He’s taking part in alongside Max Homa and Scottie Scheffler within the first two rounds.

Josh Berhow

Golf.com Editor

Josh Berhow is the managing editor at GOLF.com. The Minnesota native graduated with a journalism diploma from Minnesota State College in Mankato. You may attain him at joshua_berhow@golf.com.



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