I must admit that Mike can be quite a persuasive fellow ... upon further consideration, if it was his intent to keep the ANA field absolutely frozen for five months, then it's objectively fair to keep out Popov. I think it's a similar situation where Daniel Berger won in June, but that doesn't get him into the delayed 2020 Masters.
Typical. The Koreans and Shibuno have had to live with this ridiculous rule about non-members earning only a short tour membership after a Major win for years, and I don't EVER recall any PGA tour players (or sportswriters) going on Twitter to complain about it. But as soon as a white woman wins a Major and is impacted by it, suddenly it's the biggest controversy to hit golf in forever.
Sorry, Sophia, if In Gee had to live by those rules, so do you. Maybe next time the LPGA won't be so quick to make a rule obviously designed to blunt the impact of the Koreans, now aware it might possibly, maybe hit one of their chosen ones as well.