Rory McIlroy's name has been removed from Tuesday's press conference ahead of the US Open at Los Angeles Country Club.
McIlroy, 34, was due to speak with the media at large on Tuesday morning before teeing up in the third major of the season on Thursday in California.
The news was first brought to attention by Sports Illustrated golf writer Bob Harig.
While the official reason for McIlroy's absence from the media centre is unknown, Harig considers it would not be a shock should some of the world's best golfers decide to "shut down questions" about last week's shock merger between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), which currently bankrolls the LIV Golf League.
McIlroy last week admitted he was not offered a single dollar to join LIV Golf.
Rory was scheduled to do media on Tuesday morning at LACC. Name no longer on the list. Would not be surprised if some players shut down questions about the big topic outside the ropes— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) June 12, 2023
McIlroy is bidding to win a fifth career major title this week and his first since the 2014 US PGA Championship.
The World No.3 slumped to a disappointing tie for ninth when in contention for a third consecutive Canadian Open title last week.
Earlier today, Phil Mickelson's LIV Golf team were sued for copying a 20-year-old logo!