Week Ahead of The 2023 U.S Open, LIV Golf Defector Suffers a Major Setback After a Bold Decision

Published 06/06/2023, 10:17 AM EDT

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With the third major of the season, the US Open, fast approaching in less than a week, the speculations about who will play and who will not have begun. One of the young golfers of the LIV Golf league has made an unexpected decision regarding the same, and has faced a major career setback. There was a time when this young player played terrifically and was ranked as high as number 12 in the OWGR.

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His decision comes in between all the drama that he is embroiled in between with his Saudi-funded league and with his fellow LIV golfers.

LIV golfer decides to withdraw from the US Open

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After displaying stunning golfing skills in his college golf days in Oklahoma, Matthew Wolff turned pro after his sophomore year. Within weeks of turning pro, he clenched his first victory on the PGA Tour at the 2019 3M Open. In the subsequent year, the golfer again displayed brilliant performance with his T-4 finish at the PGA Championship and T-2 finish at the U.S. Open.

But after the pandemic had hit the world, his professional struggle began. The golfer took a break in 2021 from the PGA Tour citing mental health issues, but in 2022, returned to the course as a LIV golfer.

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Golf Week updated today that the 24-year-old golfer has decided to sit out of the 2023 US Open final qualifier on Monday at Pine Tree Golf Club, Florida. One other LIV golfer who qualified via US Open qualifiers is Sergio Garcia. The golfer’s huge decision has shocked everyone in the golf world. In 2022 as well, Wolff walked out of the US Open qualifier after his poor drive.

In this season of LIV Golf, Wolff has not been able to perform very well. Although he started the season with an above-average performance when he finished at T-7, T-10, and T-5 during the first three events. But in the last two months of the 2023 season, the golfer finished in the last 18 of the 48-player field. The golfer has only earned $2,821,667 this season. Not only this, but Wolff also withdrew from the Saudi league’s Washington DC event after playing the first two rounds.

Why did he choose to withdraw from the Washington DC event? Is it because of all the LIV drama?

Matthew Wolff’s involvement in the LIV Golf drama

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If the alleged news is to be believed, then the reason why Wolff got caught up in the bickering with the rival league is that he had a personality clash with his team’s skipper, Brooks Koepka. A LIV Golf fan page on Twitter, LIV Golf Nation, pointed out the personality clash as the reason for the fallout.

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Afterwards, it came to light that the golfer had removed all of his references from the Smash GC, and even LIV’s team had also unfollowed the 24-year-old on the social media platforms. Smash GC has also removed Matthew Wolff from their team’s bio on the official website. Although, the league’s CEO and other players have not given out any statement regarding the same.

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What was the reason for the decision to withdraw from the US Open and Washington DC events? Was it all the drama that the golfer has been caught up in with the Greg Norman-led league, or were there health concerns? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Riya Singhal

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Riya Singhal is a promising golf writer at EssentiallySports. She was recently recruited in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ as one of the young writers with a strong passion for golf writing. Despite being in her early days, Riya has already showcased exceptional talent in her coverage of the sport, with her article on Brooks Koepka's kind gesture towards a young fan after his Masters loss quickly rising to the top of the charts.
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