Collin Morikawa Joins Tiger Woods and Other ‘Best Players’ in Rejecting Saudi League

Published 02/15/2022, 3:29 PM EST
LA JOLLA, CA – JANUARY 24: Collin Morikawa and Tiger Woods joke as they walk up the 4th hole on the South Course during the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course on January 24, 2020. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The golf world was up in a frenzy as Collin Morikawa revealed his status with the ongoing controversy involving the PGA Tour. Due to the same, many fans believe that the time is near when the Tour players would be divided into the ones who wish to stay with the Tour and ones who part ways. Notably, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are two of the many star golfers who have revealed their decision so far.

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Greg Norman has planned a big-budget golf league for players all over the world under the Asian Tour. Although many golfers have shown an interest in joining the league, some have chosen not to.

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In fact, reports state the league had offered a huge appearance fee to Woods. However, he chose not to accept it, stating that his legacy is at the PGA Tour. 

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Like Woods, Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas also believed in the potential of the PGA Tour and rejected the league’s offers. Rory McIlroy, too, had earlier revealed his intentions of not joining the league. He explained that he would choose the quality of the tournament over money

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In a Twitter post, a Golf Digest reporter revealed that Morikawa has expressed his intentions to stay at the PGA Tour. 

The reporter tweeted, “Collin Morikawa unequivocal in his position on Saudi: “I’m all for the PGA Tour.” By my count that’s Collin, Tiger, Rory, Brooks and JT who’ve all said they won’t be leaving. Really does feel like this thing is coming to a head. There’s a divide on Tour. Cracks starting to show.”

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Another golf writer, Rex Hoggard, added this to his Twitter:

Fans reaction to the news

Robert Lusetich, the author of Woods’ biography ‘Unplayable’, was quick to reveal his thoughts on the matter. He wrote: 

Some fans believed that the Saudi league would be a forgotten past in no time. One of them even said:

Although most fans were supporting the players who were staying on the Tour, some didn’t reciprocate the idea. One such fan wrote:

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Notably, the future of the league is still uncertain. But sadly, as major golfers begin to pick sides, fans can’t help but believe that the Tour is getting divided. However, until either the Tour or the league makes an official statement, no one can be sure of where this is all headed.

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

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