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

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

Four-time major 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 is giving LIV Golf even more momentum as the PGA Tour tries to rally the troops at the Travelers Championship this week. There’s 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 contract similar to that received by Mickelson, DeChambeau and Johnson when they jumped.

Koepka is the second highest ranked player to join the league. Johnson is currently ranked No. 16 in the Official World Golf Rankings, while Koepka is No. 19.

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

Koepka’s brother Chase was part of the first London event at the Centurion Club, and that takes all of that into account.

Last week at the US Open, Koepka wasn’t happy with the series of questions he received about LIV, but he also wasn’t adamant about his commitment to the PGA Tour. In retrospect, it was easy to see this coming (hell, in the moment it was easy to see it coming).

“There has been no other option at this point, so where else are you going?” He asked.

When pushed about LIV, Koepka got 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 that sucks too, y’all throwing that dark cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you keep doing that.

“The more legs you give her, 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 the whole thing. Like I said y’all throw a black cloud at the US Open. I think it sucks. In fact, I feel bad for them for once because it’s a shitty situation. We’re here to play, and you’re talking about an event that happened. is produced last week.

With Koepka gone, LIV has rounded up all the villains on the PGA Tour. DeChambeau, Reed, Koepka and even players like Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter have all, at some point in their careers, been considered anti-heroes. This has created an interesting dynamic between good and evil between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, which is among dozens of interesting storylines as the future of professional golf continues to be redefined.

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