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Brooks Koepka becomes latest multi-time major winner to join LIV Golf ahead of Portland event, per reports

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According to multiple reports, four-time champion Brooks Kepka has become the latest golf star to forfeit the PGA Tour for LIV Golf. In doing so, Kepka joined Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson as the biggest names joining the rival Saudi-backed tour.

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Koepka is giving the LIV Golf even more momentum as the PGA Tour attempts to rally the troops at this week’s Travelers Championship. On Tuesday there will be a meeting only with the playersand PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is expected to speak on Wednesday.

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According to the TelegraphKoepka got the same seven-figure deal as Mickelson, DeChambeau and Johnson when they jumped over it.

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Kopka is the second highest ranked player to join the league. Johnson is currently ranked 16th in the Official World Golf Rankings, while Cap is 19th.

Cap’s act may be an omen of more. Rumors swirled through the veins of the 2022 US Open in Brooklyn last week, suggesting Kopka would not be the last name to be announced ahead of the LIV Golf event due to take place in Portland next week. In fact, he is almost certainly not the last of the world’s top 20 players to be announced.

Cap’s brother, Chase, participated in the first event in London at the Centurion Club, and it plays an important role in it all.

At the US Open last week, Koepka was unhappy about being asked questions about the LIV, but he wasn’t adamant about his commitment to the PGA Tour either. In hindsight, it was easy to foresee this (hell in moment it was easy to see).

“Until now, there was no other choice, so where else are you going to go?” he asked.

When pushed into the LIV, Koepka took a defensive position.

“Last week,” he said. I didn’t play last week. I’m here. I’m here at the US Open. I’m ready to play the US Open and I think it sucks too, the black cloud over the US Open. This is one of my favorite tournaments. I don’t know why you guys keep doing this.

“The more you give him legs, the more you keep talking about it.”

He was even more defensive later in the press conference.

“I don’t understand,” he said. “I’m trying to focus on the US Open, man. I don’t understand this at all. I’m tired of talking. I’m tired of all this. Cloud at the US Open. I think it sucks. I really feel sorry for them this time because it’s a shitty situation. We’re here to play and you’re talking about an event that happened last week.”

With Koepka gone, LIV brought together all the villains of the PGA Tour. DeChambeau, Reid, Kepka, and even players like Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter have all been considered anti-heroes at some point in their careers. This has created an interesting good-bad dynamic between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, which is one of several dozen interesting storylines as the future of professional golf continues to be redefined.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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