Francesco Molinari announced on social media that he and his family are moving to California in the United States after living in London for the past 11 years.
The 2018 Open champion hasn't played since the first round of the Players Championship and many golf fans around the world wondered why he decided not to play on the PGA Tour when it resumed after its 91 day absence.
Molinari, who has 10 professional wins to his name, has struggled in form since he threw away the Masters at Augusta last year and has slipped to 30th in the World Rankings.
Prior to the opening round of the Players, Molinari pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a back injury, but announced in his statement that he intends on returning to action at the US PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in August.
"It’s been a very strange few months for everyone lately, facing challenges that we never even thought possible. As many of my colleagues, this forced break gave a chance to sit back and think about many things.
"It mostly made me think about the future and what I want to achieve in the coming years, from a professional point of view but mostly from a family standpoint.
"This is why we’ve decided to leave London and the UK after 11 happy, intense, satisfying and consuming years.
"The next chapter of our life is going to be in California, where we hope to be safe, happy and to spend more time together as a family. This is what’s keeping me busy now and away from tournament golf, the hope is to be back for the US PGA in August."