Brooks Koepka will be announced as the last high-profile player in the Saudi insurgent network and is expected to play in the first LIV Series tournament on US soil next week.
The four-time top winner will join brother Chase on Greg Norman’s breakout tour and be eliminated from the PGA Tour as a result. His LIV debut in Portland, Oregon will be another blow to the American Ryder Cup team, which will face five members of the 2018 team and three from the 2021 team who will be unable to compete in next year’s matchup in Rome.
Kepka, 32, has been in talks with the Saudi-funded series for months now, and sources have confirmed the deal is finally out of whack. Dustin Johnson, another former world No. 1, has signed for a £120m (US$150m) upfront deal, and Koepka will also get seven figures as he takes his place with more than just Johnson. but Phil MickelsonSergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reid, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.
The roster is getting stronger every week and will excite the PGA Tour and DP World Tour – formerly the European Tour – which have been at their peak since exciting US Open at the weekendwhich seemed to highlight the need for the sport to put money ahead of fame.
Cap’s move comes less than a week after world No. 19 accused reporters of questioning him about LIV ahead of the Major.
“I’m here at the US Open,” said Kepka, who won the American National Championship twice. US Open. This is one of my favorite activities. I don’t know why you guys keep doing this. The more you give him legs, the more you keep talking about it. You’re throwing a black cloud at the US Open and I think it sucks.”
The 32-year-old American, who won the US Open in 2017 and 2018 and the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019, has been world No. 1 for 47 weeks since 2018.