- The US Open winner says he ‘chose my legacy over LIV’ as he chases World No. 1
- Clark won a shortened AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am holding a lead after 54 holes
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Fresh off winning his third PGA Tour event over the weekend, US Open champion Wyndham Clark committed to staying on the traditional golf circuit after a courtship with LIV Golf.
As rumors swirled that the Saudi-backed breakaway league attempted to lure Clark to their circuit, the 30-year-old golfer confirmed that he did indeed speak to LIV officials.
‘I definitely met with LIV and went through those discussions. I wanted to see what they could bring to the table,’ Clark said. ‘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, and that’s really what it came down to.’
Wyndham Clark says he held discussions with LIV Golf to join the Saudi-backed tour
But Clark says that he ‘chose my legacy over LIV’ and committed to stay with the PGA
Clark won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after the tournament was stopped after 54-holes
Clark moved closer to that goal of being the top player in the world thanks to his victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. The event was ended after 54-holes due to rainy weather across California that soaked the course.
The major winner says that there’s still things he wished to do on the PGA Tour and that he was convinced by a number of players to stay – including Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay, and Adam Scott.
‘They 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,’ Clark said.
The PGA Tour recently announced an agreement with the Fenway Sports Group-backed Strategic Sports Group to invest billions of dollars into PGA Tour Enterprises.
PGA Tour Enterprises is a for-profit group that serves as a vehicle for players to become equity owners in the golf circuit.
Even with this deal, the possibility of investment from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund remains on the table.
‘I don’t know what the future holds with my career and what the PGA Tour and LIV are going to do,’ Clark said, ‘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.’