PGA Tour Injury Update: Adrian Meronk Withdraws From 2024 Farmers Insurance Open Amid LIV Golf Joining Rumors

Published 01/24/2024, 3:07 PM EST

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After his solo second at the Dubai Dessert Classic last week, it wouldn’t be wrong to assume Adrian Meronk‘s fans had high hopes of him winning at the 2024 Farmers Insurance Open. However, those dreams soon got shattered by his decision to withdraw just before the start of Round 1.

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While many were quick to assume his switch to LIV Golf was the reason for this sudden decision, a new report suggests the real reason is somewhat tragic. According to the Golf Injury Update channel on X, the golfer said “illness in the morning” forced him to take this sudden measure.

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The 30-year-old golfer had revealed some health concerns right after finishing in the top 5 at the Rory McIlroy-winning Dubai event’s first round. He complained that his “lower back was aching” during that time. Despite those complications, Meronk continued playing in the event and defeated everyone else but McIlroy on the field. However, he chose not to repeat this at Torrey Pines.

Notably, the report of his illness was revealed only after a few hours of his news of withdrawing. That was the only time netizens needed to assume the 4-time DPWT winner’s decision was solely made because he decided to sign with LIV Golf.

Does Adrian Meronk have an intention of joining LIV Golf?

Ever since LIV Golf got into the picture of professional golf, whoever makes a sudden choice not to play on the American Tour becomes a defector by default. Even if the entity never was in a rumor to be signed with Greg Norman’s squad, golf fans tend to assume that’s the case, and since Adrian Meronk was reported to be one before, it took no time for people to start fabricating stories:

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However, it is to be noted that the Polish golfer announced his intention to continue on the PGA Tour at the end of 2023. He not only accepted the Tour card but also revealed he is “very glad that I’m going to be playing on the PGA Tour.” 

Meronk has been indirectly snubbing the rumors by showing his eagerness to play in the PGA Tour for a while now. However, the experience of the likes of Brooks Koepka and recently Jon Rahm denying the rumors only to later not only join LIV Golf but become captains of teams have taught us not to believe anything the pro golfers claim in this regard. 

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Do you think Adrian Meronk intentionally chose not to play at the Torrey Pines? Do share your thoughts on it in the comment section.

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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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