Brooks Koepka Becomes Latest Multi-Time Big Winner to Join LIV Golf Ahead of Portland Event, Per Reports

Brooks Koepka Becomes Latest Multi-Time Big Winner to Join LIV Golf Ahead of Portland Event, Per Reports

Four-time champion Brooks Koepka is the latest golf star to reject the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, according to multiple reports. 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.

Koepka gives LIV Golf even more momentum as the PGA Tour looks to rally the troops at the Travelers’ Championship this week. There is a players-only meeting on Tuesdayand PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan is believed to speak on Wednesday.

According to the Telegraph, Koepka received a seven-figure deal similar to the one received by Mickelson, DeChambeau and Johnson when they jumped.

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

Joining him on Tuesday to announce a move to LIV Golf is Abraham Acer, a 31-year-old PGA Tour winner at WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational 2021.

Koepka’s move could be a harbinger of more to come. Rumors ran through the veins of the 2022 US Open at Brookline last week, suggesting that Koepka will not be the last name announced ahead of the LIV Golf event being held in Portland next week. In fact, he’s almost certainly not the last top 20 player in the world to be announced.

Koepka’s brother Chase was part of the first London event at the Centurion Club, and that adds to it all.

Last week at the US Open, Koepka wasn’t happy with the line of questions he received about the LIV, but he wasn’t adamant about his commitment to the PGA Tour either. In retrospect, it was easy to see this coming (heck, no time it was easy to see it coming).

“There’s been no other option so far, so where else are you going?” he asked.

When pressed on the LIV, Koepka became defensive.

“Since last week,” he said. “That’s it. I wasn’t playing 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, y’all are throwing this black cloud over the US Open. one of my favorite events I don’t know why you guys keep doing this.

“The more legs you give, 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 legitimately don’t understand. I’m sick of the conversations. I’m sick of all this stuff. Like I said, you guys are playing a black cloud at the US Open. I think it sucks. I really feel bad for them for the first time because it’s a shit situation. We’re here to play games, and you’re talking about an event that happened last week.”

With Koepka gone, LIV reunited all of the PGA Tour villains. DeChambeau, Reed, Koepka and even players like Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter were considered anti-heroes at some point in their careers. He created an interesting dynamic between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf that is among several dozen interesting stories as the future of professional golf continues to be redefined.

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