LIV Golf star sacks long-time coach after tough start to life with breakaway league

After moving to Saudi Arabia in February, Adrian Meronk is one of LIV Golf’s newest additions. The European star has since significantly altered his support group.

Adrian Meronk, one of LIV Golf’s newest additions, has broken off his 14-year association with longtime coach Matthew Tipper.

Shortly after winning the DP World Tour Player of the Year award, Meronk shocked everyone in February by making a surprise move to the LIV setup. On the Saudi-backed series, the Pole has found it difficult to duplicate his outstanding early-career form from the Wentworth-based circuit.

Currently ranked 19th out of 54 players in the 2024 season-long standings, four-time DP World Tour winner Meronk has not yet established himself on the LIV circuit.

His best performance occurred in March in Jeddah, where the Cleeks GC star tied for sixth place at Royal Greens, his second top-10 finish after finishing ted-ninth at LIV Las Vegas. Nevertheless, Meronk will be without Tipper, a coach who is familiar with him, going forward.

Tipper confirmed the breakup on social media, writing: “After 14 years, sometimes things just come to an end. Adrian made the decision to go in a different direction last week, and I have to accept that. I’m pleased with everything we accomplished together.

“In 2010, I was aware of his exceptional talent, which he has since demonstrated globally. Thank you to Stuart Beck and Pietro Gobinho for being such great caddies when Adrian needed them. I sincerely appreciate your cooperation and support, which you both have provided.

“As always, tomorrow we begin again. #yourshortgamesolution.” “I want to publicly thank Adrian for allowing me to sit in the best seat in the house for 14 years and talk a little. It’s now time to start my new chapter in the USA alongside my mentor James Sieckmann, and I’m excited to go to my first Korn Ferry Event later next month.”

Meronk made a big splash when he moved to LIV, announcing in 2023 that he was one of Europe’s rising stars. The Pole, who was in good form the previous season, narrowly missed out on a spot in Luke Donald’s European Ryder Cup squad in September. He acknowledged that the rejection contributed to his decision to defect.

“If I had been a Ryder Cup player, I probably would not have come to LIV,” Meronk stated in a February interview with the Daily Telegraph. “What transpired undoubtedly facilitated my decision. You know, everything I’ve been through has just made it easier for me to care more about myself and less about what other people think of me or wish me to accomplish. My eyes were opened to the way everything functions after what transpired during the Ryder Cup.”

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