Anti-LIV Narrative 'Tearing This Game Apart' - PGA Tour Pro

In a series of tweets, Hahn stated that 'I love the PGA Tour' but 'can’t stand the anti-LIV narrative'

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Last week at the LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok, Kevin Na was pictured hooked up to a machine and laying on the ground as he battled flu-like symptoms. However, battling on, the American then flew to Jeddah for the final individual tournament in the LIV series, but withdrew midround as he struggled in Saudi Arabia.

Following his withdrawal, American sports writer and author of Phil: The Rip-Roaring (and Unauthorised) Biography of Golf’s Most Colourful Superstar, Alan Shipnuck, tweeted his dismay, with Shipnuck writing: "Kevin Na lives in Las Vegas. If he was still a PGA Tour member, he could have played his hometown event last week. Instead, he flew to Bangkok and got wrecked, and is still feeling the effects. How do you say schadenfreude in Arabic?"

Shipnuck's tweet did strike a slight chord with one PGA Tour player, James Hahn, with the 40-year-old replying: "Conveniently left out the PGA Tour is playing in Japan this week. He could have been playing in Japan, gotten sick and got paid $100k less than LIV. I’m sure he’s not regretting his decision Alan, though you might think so."

One response to Hahn's message did question why the American was "bitter" towards the PGA Tour, with the statement suggesting that he should "leave golf and let someone who does love it do it". However, Hahn then went on to reply to the tweet with "I love the PGA Tour, period. Just can’t stand the anti-LIV narrative. It’s tearing this game apart. And most reporters are adding fuel to the fire just for clicks and likes."

Along with Hahn, Shipnuck and Mike Lorenzo-Vera also responded, with Shipnuck implying "my tweet was about jilting your hometown event but I guess it was too subtle," whilst Vera stated "why does it have to be only about more money? @PGATOUR gives such a huge financial opportunity!!!!!"

Hahn holds the Wells Fargo trophy

Hahn's last PGA Tour victory came at the 2016 Wells Fargo Championship

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Previously, Hahn has spoken about the recent changes being made to the PGA Tour to combat the LIV Golf threat. In an exclusive with Golfweek, Hahn, who is one of four player directors on the Tour’s nine-voting member Policy Board, revealed that he was the only player to cast a dissenting vote on the changes, with the American stating: "Certain changes were made to combat the LIV Tour, not necessarily make our Tour any better."

He went on to add, "it seems like the people who have the most influence of how much money is distributed to the top players in the world have a much stronger voice now than they’ve ever had."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x