Adrian Meronk, no LIV if he had played Ryder

"What I experienced simply allowed me to refocus on myself and not worry about what others think of me, or what others want me to do," Adrian Meronk states

by Andrea Gussoni
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Adrian Meronk, no LIV if he had played Ryder
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Adrian Meronk comes clean. While he had secured one of the ten spots reserved for the top players in the Race to Dubai 2022-23 to play this year on the PGA Tour, the 30-year-old Pole, who had just taken 2nd place on January 21st in the first Rolex Series event of the season on the DP World Tour (Hero Dubai Desert Classic), chose to heed the call of LIV Golf.

All for the modest sum of ten million dollars. It's a choice that Meronk fully embraces, as he freely explains in the columns of our colleagues at The Telegraph. Essentially, the 44th-ranked player in the world joined the Tour financially backed by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia because he was not selected by Luke Donald for the 44th Ryder Cup, won by the Europeans in the fall of 2023 in Rome, Italy.

Adrian Meronk, results

Despite three victories on the European Tour in 2022-23, he was the main "victim" of the English captain's choices, notably favoring Danish Nicolai Højgaard and especially Swedish Ludvig Åberg, who turned professional only on June 1st...

"What I experienced simply allowed me to refocus on myself and not worry about what others think of me, or what others want me to do," Adrian Meronk states. "If I had played in the Ryder Cup, I probably wouldn't have gone to LIV," he points out.

"What happened definitely made my choice easier. What I experienced just allowed me to refocus on myself and not worry about what others think of me, or what others want me to do. What happened with the Ryder Cup opened my eyes to how everything works." By joining LIV Golf and German Martin Kaymer's team (Cleeks GC), Adrian Meronk also admits to finally living a normal life as a professional golfer.

"Over the past two years, I've had very good years, but to be honest, I didn't enjoy them as much. I was just constantly on the road. We didn't have a real home; we just packed our bags from hotel to hotel, from airport to airport.

At Christmas, I remember thinking with my parents and my girlfriend: 'Yes, I had a great year, but I didn't really appreciate it.' When I won in Italy in May, I woke up on Monday and thought, 'Okay, that's great, I won the tournament.

But now, let's forget about it and get back to the routine.' Where is happiness ultimately? What's priceless is spending as much time as possible with loved ones, enjoying life..."

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