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Brooks Koepka joins LIV Golf: Four-time major winner drops PGA Tour, links with Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson

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Four-time major champion Brooks Kepka is the latest golf star to turn down the PGA Tour for LIV Golf. In doing so, Koepka joined Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson as the biggest names to join the rival Saudi-backed tour.

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Multiple reports indicated that Koepka would be the next big star to join the tour earlier in the week, and LIV Golf made the official announcement on Wednesday.

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The timing of the announcement was notable as it came in the middle of a press conference held by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who spoke about some of the adjustments the PGA Tour has made to its schedule, namely increased purses and payouts for notable events in 2023 and beyond.

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

Koepka is now the second most ranked player to join the league. Johnson is currently ranked 16th in the Official World Golf Rankings, with Kepka trailing him by three places at 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, one-time PGA Tour winner Abraham Unser also announced a move to LIV Golf this week, and possibly another top 20 player in the world will be announced.

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

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

He leaned back even further as the press conference continued.

“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, Koepka, and even the likes of 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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