The PGA Tour’s turbulent times continue as another of its big stars is set to join the Greg Norman-led LIV Golf series, according to The Telegraph.
The British newspaper reports that Brooks Koepka is joining the controversial Saudi-backed tour, joining Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and other gaming stars who have previously defected.
Koepka, who has won four major championships, notably erased the PGA Tour from his social media platforms. He is, according to the report, expected to compete at the next LIV Golf event next week in Portland.
Koepka, 32, is a big asset to the LIV Tour given that, like rival DeChambeau and Johnson, he is at the peak of his career – unlike some of the other players who have joined and are 40 or older. .
It’s also worth noting that Koepka’s younger brother Chase, a rookie pro battling to earn his PGA Tour card in order to have status to play on this tour, is already a member of LIV, having competed in its inaugural event. two weeks ago.
Interestingly, two-time US Open winner Koepka spoke out at last week’s US Open criticizing media for asking questions about LIV, saying he was casting a “dark cloud” over the major.
“I don’t understand, I’m trying to focus on the US Open, man,” said indignantly Koepka, who finished 12 above and tied for 55th. “I legitimately don’t understand. I’m tired of the conversations. I am fed up with all that.
“I’m here at the US Open, I’m ready to play the US Open, and I think that sucks too, y’all are throwing this dark cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my events favorites. I don’t know why you keep doing this. The more legs you give her, the more you keep talking about it.”
Well, Koepka has apparently given LIV Golf more legs.
Mickelson was reportedly paid $200 million by LIV, Johnson $125 million and DeChambeau $100 million. We don’t know what Koepka’s number is. But he’s earned $37.9 million in career prize money to date on the PGA Tour, and LIV’s guaranteed money will likely be at least double, if not triple. this digit.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was scheduled to have a mandatory players meeting on Tuesday at the Travelers Championship to discuss, among other things, a condensed fall schedule with much larger purses — a clear attempt at a reaction to LIV Golf. ‘
Monahan has suspended all 17 PGA Tour players who played in the first LIV event outside of London and is expected to do the same for those like DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Koepka when and if they do next week in Portland.
There will surely be many questions asked among the players during this meeting with Monahan on Tuesday.