Meronk is expected to be announced as a member of Martin Kaymer’s Cleeks GC team at the beginning of the breakaway league’s season in Mexico, according to Times Sport. This comes just weeks after he was honored with the DP World Tour Player of the Year title.
The 30-year-old Polish golfer withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open before the first round due to illness as rumors circulated about a potential shift to LIV. Ongoing negotiations between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia, which supports LIV Golf, suggest efforts to form an alliance sooner than later to reunify the golfing community.
On Instagram, Meronk recently expressed his loyalty to the PGA despite indications of a potential future with LIV. In a video captioned “Excited for the next chapter,” he showcased both a DP World Tour card and a PGA Tour card side by side. The video depicted Meronk adding the card to his “wallet,” ultimately choosing the PGA over LIV.
[Playing on the PGA Tour] has been a goal to mine since we found out we are playing for PGA Tour cards,” Meronk said immediately after the DP World Tour Championship in mid-November.
“I’m very glad that I’m going to be playing on the PGA Tour. I played some tournaments this year and gained some experience. I’m looking forward to it.”
However, he now appears to have made a U-turn to join the rebel league. It comes after Meronk was not selected for the European team at the last Ryder Cup.
Captain Donald instead chose Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood, Nicolai Hojgaard, Justin Rose, Ludvig Aberg, and Sepp Straka. The team went on to win the Ryder Cup with a 16.5-11.5 score.
The decision to not include Meronk was “an emotional time” for him, as he described it after last season’s Irish Open. “From shock to sadness, to anger, now I’m trying to turn that into motivation for this week,” he said.
“Obviously, it’s a hard one to swallow. I thought I had done enough to be on that team, but it is what it is. I wish them good luck and I will just focus on my game and move forward.”
Meronk believed that winning the Italian Open would secure his team position. According to him, he was given assurance that irrespective of the outcome, he would be selected for a roster spot.
“I heard from him [Donald] that it was tough for him as well, but when he said I’m not going, I kind of stopped listening,” he said. “He was saying that someone has to stay home. It was close and stuff like that. I wouldn’t want to be in his position, but it was a big shock.”
Following the signing of Meronk, LIV is reportedly pursuing another golfer, England’s Tyrrell Hatton. During an interview in Dubai last weekend, Hatton recently stated that he would be staying with the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. LIV Golf is actively seeking to sign more players ahead of its season, which is set to begin on Feb. 2, after securing the signing of Jon Rahm in December.