“I chose my legacy over LIV I grew up imagining winning PGA Tour events”

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Wyndham Clark. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Reigning US Open champion Wyndham Clark admitted he turned down an offer from LIV Golf and remains fully committed to the PGA Tour.

Clark was widely linked with a move to the Saudi backed tour over the winter ahead of the new season which got underway in Mayakoba last week.

However, after considering the offer and seeking out the advice of his fellow professionals, he insists his focus is on winning as much as he can and climbing as high as he can in the world rankings.

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“I definitely met with LIV and went through those discussions. I wanted to see what they could bring to the table,” revealed Clark who is a career-high world number six after winning the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

“I ultimately declined going to LIV because I felt like I still have a lot of things left in the tank on the PGA TOUR and I wanted to chase records, I wanted to chase world ranking. My dream is to try to be one of the top players in the world if not the top player. I just grew up always imagining winning PGA TOUR events. So I ultimately, I chose my legacy over LIV, over LIV and that’s really what it came down to.

“I don’t know what the future holds with my career and what the PGA TOUR and LIV is going to do, but at least for this season I am 100 percent set on the PGA TOUR and I want to try to get to as high in the world as I possibly can.”

Clark has enjoyed a sensational twelve months, winning the Wells Fargo Championship last year before holding off Rory McIlroy to claim the 2023 US Open.

LIV could have had three of the four current major champions had he chose to move but after holding talks with players on both sides of the argument he decided to stay put.

“I did my due diligence. I felt like if I was going to make a life-changing decision, I wanted to make sure I did all the right things and call the right people, get the right information, understand what both tours are doing, what I should do, et cetera.

“I honestly have to give a huge hat’s off to Adam Scott, Patrick Cantlay and Jordan Spieth because they have put so much effort — and Tiger Woods, sorry, and Tiger Woods, please put that in there. They put so much effort in making sure that the PGA TOUR is going to make the right moves to continue to try to be the best tour.

“And they also really gave me some great advice and some counsel. I didn’t want them to sway me in a certain way, but I definitely wanted their counsel and I just wanted to honor them and the amount of time and work and effort they have put into this agreement now with SSG and where the Tour is going.

“I sought a lot of counsel. I asked guys on both sides. I feel like that’s the right thing to do. Ultimately it came down to talking with close people in my camp and my team of what we should do and we decided to stay on the PGA TOUR.”

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