The LIV Golf vs. PGA Tour struggle has once again taken center stage with the news of another brand-name commitment: Brooks Koepka. This comes after five days of comparatively little activity as the U.S. Open dominated the golf world’s attention.
Just days after placing 55th at the U.S. Open and one day after removing “PGA Tour” from his Twitter account, the four-time major champion is poised to join the LIV Golf series. James Corrigan of the Daily Telegraph broke the news of Koepka’s participation first, and GOLF.com later confirmed it.
When the second tournament travels to Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, Koepka will join a growing number of major champions who will be on the LIV circuit as early as next week. According to ESPN Desportes, Abe Ancer, who withdrew from the U.S. Open last week, is also anticipated to be named a LIV player this week.
When questioned about LIV at a pre-U.S. Open news conference, Koepka caused quite a stir last week. He was questioned about his prospective involvement, much like many of the best players at The Country Club, and Koepka gave the most passionate answer. The question, “Why have you decided to stay on the PGA Tour, and is that a permanent decision?” was put directly to him.
“There’s been no other option to this point,” Koepka said, “so where are you going to go?”
The reporter answered, ‘to the LIV series’.
“As of last week. That’s it,” Koepka concluded. “I wasn’t playing last week. I’m here. I’m here at the U.S. Open. I’m ready to play U.S. Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the U.S. Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give it, the more you keep talking about it.”
For a while, Koepka has not been questioned about LIV Golf. After being injured and missing the cut at the Masters, he took a break from the Tour. Midway through May, he withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson before it started, and the following week, he tied for 55th at the PGA Championship. He attended Brookline for his first press appearance in four weeks after getting married in early June.
Chase Koepka, who participated in the LIV Golf London competition earlier this month, is Koepka’s brother. Brooks denied having discussed the LIV event with Chase when asked whether he had. He also responded that he “hadn’t given it that much thought” when asked if there was a certain amount of money that would cause him to think about quitting the PGA Tour.
Koepka was happy to learn that he needed to provide information about LIV Golf only once more. He referred to the media’s attention as “a black cloud” over the U.S. Open once again before leaving to participate in the competition. The subject of his ensuing press conference in Brookline was golf.
Original article posted on Golf.com
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