WATCH: Reporter shut down over PGA Tour/LIV question to Matt Fitzpatrick!

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick attempted to offer an answer over the PGA Tour's highly-scrutinised deal with LIV Golf's backers before the US Open.

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Tue, 13 Jun 2023
WATCH: Reporter shut down over PGA Tour/LIV question to Matt Fitzpatrick!

Defending U.S. Open champion Matthew Fitzpatrick appeared to want to answer a question about the PGA Tour's 'deal' with LIV Golf's Saudi backers. 

That question? Should PGA Tour stars who remained 'loyal' to the North American circuit be financially compensated after they turned down tens of millions of dollars to join their rival in 2022. 

Rory McIlroy was just one big name who offered his take on this subject in his awkward media conference after the stunning news that PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan had secretly agreed a deal to create a new, for-profit golf entity with Saudi Arabia's vast wealth fund, the PIF. 

Related: Fitzy defends Monahan

"There should be something," McIlroy suggested after telling the world he felt like a sacrificial lamb having put his neck above the parapet for the tour over the last two years. 

As for Fitzpatrick, he appeared to want to dive in on this subject. He hasn't held back before, insisting that players who defected in the first place should never be allowed back. 

For only a brief moment Fitzpatrick, 28, looked as though he was going to offer some thoughts before he said: "Yeah, pass." 

He did, however, confirm that like everyone else he is none the wiser about what is going on in men's professional golf. 

Fitzpatrick told the media:

"Well, I think I just don't know what's going on. I don't think anyone knows what's going on. Are we signing with the PIF, are we not signing with the PIF? I have no idea.
"Even though I guess it is confusing, it's pretty clear that nobody knows what's going on apart from about four people in the world."

Another reporter attempted to ask Fitzpatrick another question on this topic, before the line of questioning was nipped in the bud. 

"I think it's been asked and answered so we're going to move on to U.S. Open topics," a media officer stated. 

Fitzpatrick claimed his maiden major at The Country Club at Brookline 12 months ago. 

This week at Los Angeles Country Club he is playing his first two rounds alongside one of LIV Golf's marquee signings - Cameron Smith - and young American Sam Bennett. 

Related: Fresh legal problems for Lefty!

Smith, who joined LIV for more than $100m, claimed he thought it was a joke the PGA Tour had cut a deal with PIF. 

The Aussie was given a heads up minutes before the deal was announced

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