Super League, there is Meronk after Rahm

Polish golfer Adrian Meronk has been the subject of much discussion in the golf world recently

by Andrea Gussoni
Super League, there is Meronk after Rahm
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Polish golfer Adrian Meronk has been the subject of much discussion in the golf world recently. After being dropped from team Europe at the Ryder Cup in Rome, his colleagues recognized him as the best player of the DP World Tour 2023.

Now, Meronk has surprised everyone by announcing his move to LIV Golf, the Arab Super League.

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The 30-year-old golfer, born in Hamburg, will join the "Cleeks" team led by German Martin Kaymer and will make his debut on the breakaway golf circuit as early as next week, from February 2 to 4 in Mexico, in the first round of the LIV Golf 2024.

This move represents a significant change in his career. The Arab Super League, financed by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund (PIF), is putting pressure on other top players such as Tyrrell Hatton, who could join Meronk and Jon Rahm in accepting LIV Golf's offer.

It will be interesting to see how this new league affects the world of golf in the coming years. LIV Golf, pronounced as "live," is a professional golf tour with a unique name that holds significance. "LIV" represents the Roman numerals for 54, which corresponds to the hypothetical score if every hole on a par-72 golf course were birdied, and it also signifies the number of holes played at LIV events.

The journey of LIV Golf began with the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event on June 9, 2022, at the Centurion Club near St Albans in Hertfordshire, UK. In 2023, the Invitational Series evolved into the LIV Golf League. The funding for LIV Golf comes from the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia.

This financial backing has led to discussions and debates, as some journalists and commentators have suggested that the tour is part of the Saudi monarchy's efforts to enhance its public image through sports, despite previous criticisms related to corruption and human rights issues.

The origins of the concept of a new golf tour that would compete with the PGA Tour date back to 2019 when the Premier Golf League was announced. This league aimed to challenge the PGA Tour's dominance. In response, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan hinted that golfers participating in the new league might be excluded from PGA Tour events.

Subsequently, in 2020, the PGA European Tour and the PGA Tour joined forces in a "strategic alliance" to collaborate on commercial opportunities, scheduling, and prize funds for their respective memberships. Interestingly, the Premier Golf League had discussions with Saudi investors for financial support, but Golf Saudi, a division of the Public Investment Fund, opted to fund a new entity in 2020 with its own vision for establishing a global professional league.

This new entity, often referred to as the "Super Golf League," was formally introduced in October 2021 under the name LIV Golf Investments, with former professional golfer Greg Norman assuming the role of CEO. This move signaled a significant development in the world of professional golf.

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