Talor Gooch still ranting about US Open spot after missing PGA Championship cut

LIV Golf's Talor Gooch is still talking about the US Open after missing the cut at the PGA Championship. 

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Sat, 20 May 2023
Talor Gooch still ranting about US Open spot after missing PGA Championship cut

It may be a while before LIV Golf's Talor Gooch escapes the drama with the US Open and the controversial rule change that's keeping him out of it. 

This week, the 31-year-old was in Rochester, New York, with 15 other LIV Golf players for the PGA Championship

The original number of members from the Saudi-backed league playing in the major this week was 18 before Martin Kaymer and Paul Casey withdrew. 

Gooch was on a hot streak coming into this week's tournament, being played at Oak Hill Country Club, after winning back-to-back LIV events just a few weeks ago. 

He was paired in a group alongside the PGA Tour's Adam Hadwin and Matt Kuchar for the first two rounds.

However, Hadwin was the only of the three who was able to navigate the gruelling conditions at the Upstate New York course. 

The two Americans, Gooch and Kuchar, both missed the cut, with the LIV star struggling to a 10-over par after rounds of 76 and 74

This week presented a shot for Gooch to qualify for the US Open in June, which he recently discovered he was not exempt into already due to a rule change for 2023. 

Though Gooch had qualified for the previous season's Tour Championship, he could not play in it due to joining LIV Golf. 

The new rule, implemented by the USGA, stated that you needed to both qualify and be eligible to play in the season-ending tournament. 

According to the popular No Laying Up's Kevin Van Valkenburg, Gooch has decided not to enter US Open qualifying this year, making it all but certain that he will not be playing in the season's third major.

However, despite the result this week and what it means for his major season, Van Valkenburg said that Gooch appeared to be in "good spirits" following his missed cut. 

Gooch told him:

"I knew with all the craziness in golf happening right now there might be stuff like this that would happen. Honestly it’s not surprising."

He also said his reasoning for not entering US Open qualifying was due to a busy schedule.

Gooch was one of five LIV players who missed the cut at Oak Hill Country Club. Their series will return next week with an event in Washington, DC. 

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