Ryder Cup snub Adrian Meronk “shocked” to win prestigious Seve Ballesteros award
Meronk had a career year in 2023, winning the Australian Open, the Italian Open, and the Andalucía Masters.
“I’m shocked to be honest. I didn’t expect that,” Meronk said on Tuesday.
“But seeing my name next to all these players is unbelievable. I’m very grateful for this award. It means a lot to me that other players appreciate my season last year. Yeah, it’s a great feeling.”
Meronk beat out Rory McIlroy to become the first Polish player to win the Seve Ballesteros Award.
“Last year was the best season so far in my career,” Meronk added.
“I’m really happy that other players saw that, as well, and gave that award. Just thank you for that, and I have to keep going.”
Meronk has an opportunity to continue his strong play at this week’s Hero Dubai Desert Classic, the first Rolex Series event of the season.
Like the Signature Events on the PGA Tour, the Rolex Events consist of five DP World Tour tournaments with elevated purses. Additional Race to Dubai points are also available.
Top players from around the world will compete for $9 million and 8,000 Race to Dubai points in Dubai this week.
Along with McIlroy and Meronk, reigning Open Champion Brian Harman is in the Hero Dubai Desert Classic field. So, too, is Tommy Fleetwood, fresh off his victory at the Dubai Invitational. Padraig Harrington, Tyrell Hatton, and Adam Scott will also tee it up this week.
Nonetheless, this elevated field gives Meronk another opportunity to demonstrate that he is one of the top players in the world.
[Winning this award] should probably give me all the more confidence,” Meronk said.
“I enjoy this week. I love playing here in Dubai. It’s probably one of my favorite tournaments of the year. So I’m excited to be here. We have such a great field this week. So I will enjoy every moment.”