During these remarkable, crazy days in pro golf, when a player withdraws from a PGA Tour event it appears that it’s a sign they are about to be announced as a LIV Golf player.
I mean, if Brooks Koepka can spend the better part of 12 months telling us that he has no plans on leaving the PGA Tour, only to heel-turn at the last minute like a WWE wrestler then why can’t JT?!
“Before the rumours start flying,” Thomas wrote. “I have tweaked my back.” Sungjae Im was the latest withdrawal and it wasn’t immediately clear why.
Golf fans joked that South Korea’s Im, who plays approximately one billion PGA Tour events every year, was about to defect too.
Just why would he swap playing in every damn event for an eight-event series?
But nothing could be further from the truth for Im, who has taken to social media to confirm that he has not been chatting with Greg Norman’s LIV Golf Investments.
And nor will he ever be, apparently.
“I have no intention of discussing an affiliation with the LIV Tour.”— Rick Gehman (@RickRunGood) June 23, 2022
- Sungjae Im with a statement on his Travelers WD and future. pic.twitter.com/sM0bQYgbeG
Check out these strong words from Im, who posted: “For the record, I would also like to state publicly that I have no affiliation with, and have no intention of discussing an affiliation with the LIV Tour.”
Im’s post comes in a frantic week in the golf world where four-time major champion Brooks Koepka was the latest player to be revealed on the LIV Golf roster.
Brooks joins his brother Chase in the super rich league. Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Kevin Na are the highest-profile American players who have decided to accept the riches on offer.
Just this week Xander Schauffele has revealed that even his own fans might label him an idiot for not accepting an “obnoxious” offer.