Brooks Koepka becomes latest star golfer to leave PGA Tour for LIV Golf Series, sources confirm

Brooks Koepka becomes latest star golfer to leave PGA Tour for LIV Golf Series, sources confirm

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is the latest golfer to leave the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf Invitational Series, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Koepka, 32, is one of the most high-profile players to join the breakaway circuit, funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund and led by two-time Open winner Greg Norman.

LIV Golf is expected to announce the addition of Koepka in the coming days, sources have confirmed. Koepka, who is ranked 19th in the Official World Golf Rankings, is set to attend the first LIV Golf event in the United States, at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, starting June 30.

Koepka’s impending departure from the PGA Tour was first reported by the Telegraph of London on Tuesday.

A source has confirmed that Abraham Ancer, who is ranked 20th in the world, is also leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf.

LIV Golf has now signed eight of the top 50 players in the world; Bryson DeChambeau (ranked 30th) and Patrick Reed (38th) are also expected to attend the event in Portland.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has suspended 17 players, including two-time major winner Dustin Johnson and six-time major winner Phil Mickelson, for playing at LIV Golf’s inaugural event outside London two weeks ago . Monahan had said that tour players who participate in future LIV Golf Tournaments without posting a conflicting event would face a similar punishment.

Monahan meets the players Tuesday morning at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. The PGA Tour Players’ Advisory Council was also meeting on Tuesday.

Monahan is scheduled to speak with the media on Wednesday.

In 2019, Koepka became the first player in history to achieve back-to-back wins in two major leagues simultaneously; he won the US Open in 2017-18 and the PGA Championship in 2018-19.

Koepka joins longtime friend Johnson and his brother, Chase Koepka, who also took part in the London-based LIV event.

Koepka was the world No. 1 player for 47 weeks but has been hampered by back, hip and wrist injuries in recent months. Koepka has two top-10 finishes in 15 starts but hasn’t fared well in the first three majors this season. He missed the cut at the Masters, finished 55th at the PGA Championship and finished 55th at last week’s US Open at the Country Club outside Boston.

Koepka is 84th in the FedEx Cup standings. He is on the field for the travelers championship.

Koepka slammed reporters last week for casting a “dark cloud” over the US Open with questions about LIV Golf.

“I’m here at the US Open,” he said. “I’m ready to play the US Open, and I think it sucks too, y’all are throwing this dark cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why y’all keep going to do the more legs you give [LIV Golf]the more you keep talking about it.”

Ancer, a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, played in Oklahoma. He earned his first and only PGA Tour victory at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis in August. He’s also finished in the top 10 in each of the past two PGA Championships, including a tie for ninth at Southern Hills last month.

Ancer pulled out of the US Open last week at the last minute, citing illness. He is not on the ground for the Travelers.

Ancer was one of the highlights of the international squad at the 2019 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia. He was 3-1-1, with his only loss to Tiger Woods in a singles match.

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