'100% False' - PGA Tour After Asian Tour Pro Makes 'Bullying At Its Finest' Claim

The PGA Tour has reportedly said that an Asian Tour pro's claim that it forced players to withdraw from this week's International Series Singapore is "100% false"

Berry Henson tweeted rumours that Japanese players have been threated with bans, something denied by the PGA Tour
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The PGA Tour has denied rumours it threatened to ban three Japanese players if they took part in this week’s Asian Tour event, which is backed by LIV Golf.

American pro Berry Henson had claimed three Japanese players have pulled out of this week’s International Series Singapore because they were told if they took part they would not be allowed to play the PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship. But CBS Sports golf writer Kyle Porter tweeted that the PGA Tour had told him this was “100% false”.

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Henson, who has played on the Asian Tour since 2011, made the claim on Twitter, adding that if the players have been threatened with bans from the PGA Tour’s only Japanese stop, then that is “bullying at its finest”.

The tweet drew numerous responses, including from Australian pro Scott Hend, who called it “ridiculous stuff” along with exploding head emojis, but four-time PGA Tour winner Steve Flesch, who now plays on the Champions Tour, called it “Total BS,” adding “LIV bots and trolls are hard at work again”.

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The next two Asian Tour events are both part of the International Series, which is backed by LIV Golf. This week’s event is the International Series Singapore at Tanah Merah Country Club, while next week the players head to Lotte Skyhill Jeju Country Club for the International Series Korea. Patrick Reed, the 2018 Masters champion who is signed with LIV Golf, has confirmed his participation in both.

LIV Golf currently has 12 teams, including the all-Japanese Torque GC with the line-up of Hideto Tanihara, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Yuki Inamori and Jinichiro Kozuma. One of the Saudi-backed series’ top targets is said to be Hideki Matsuyama, the 2021 Masters champion who followed that success by winning the Zozo Championship last October.

Jeff Kimber
Freelance Staff Writer

Jeff graduated from Leeds University in Business Studies and Media in 1996 and did a post grad in journalism at Sheffield College in 1997. His first jobs were on Slam Dunk (basketball) and Football Monthly magazines, and he's worked for the Sunday Times, Press Association and ESPN. He has faced golfing greats Sam Torrance and Sergio Garcia, but on the poker felt rather than the golf course. Jeff's favourite course played is Sandy Lane in Barbados, which went far better than when he played Matfen Hall in Northumberland, where he crashed the buggy on the way to the 1st tee!