CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hideki Matsuyama admitted throughout Tuesday’s media availability on the Presidents Cup that he was approached by upstart, Saudi-backed LIV Golf.
Nonetheless, he mentioned he’ll proceed to play his golf on the PGA Tour. By a Japanese-to-English translator, Matsuyama’s reasoning was six phrases.
“Merely that is the place I belong,” he mentioned.
LIV’s flirtation with final yr’s Masters champion confirms a long-whispered rumor, with some experiences suggesting Matsuyama was supplied properly into the 9 figures to play with LIV. In response to a supply to the New York Publish, Matsuyama turned down the provide late final month, with the supply saying the 30-year-old was torn between constructing his legacy and receiving the big payday.
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Matsuyama doubtless would have been introduced among the many six Tour golfers who joined LIV after final month’s Tour Championship — Open Championship winner Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III, Marc Leishman and Cameron Tringale. As an alternative, he’s taking part in the Presidents Cup, performed final week’s Fortinet Championship and is predicted to defend his title subsequent month on the Zozo Championship.
On Tuesday, a reporter additionally requested Matsuyama if he can be considering taking part in a PGA Tour-LIV Golf workforce occasion, ought to one ever come collectively.
His reply once more was quick.
“I can’t determine one thing like that as a result of there’s nothing particular about it,” he mentioned by means of a translator.
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