Brooks Koepka Enters LIV Golf: Four Major Winners Leave PGA Tour, Associated With Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson

Brooks Koepka Enters LIV Golf: Four Major Winners Leave PGA Tour, Associated With Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson

Four-time champion Brooks Koepka is the latest golf star to reject the PGA Tour for LIV Golf. In doing so, Koepka joined Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson as the biggest names on the competitive tour backed by Saudi Arabia.

Multiple reports indicated that Koepka would be the next big star to tour earlier in the week and the news was made official by LIV Golf on Wednesday.

The timing of the announcement was remarkable as it came in the middle of a press conference given by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who provided information on some adjustments the PGA Tour made to its program, namely wallet increases and payments for notable events. in 2023 onwards.

According to the Telegraph, Koepka received a similar seven-digit deal to that of Mickelson, DeChambeau and Johnson when they jumped.

Koepka is now the second player with the highest score in the league. Johnson is currently No. 16 in the Official World Golf Rankings, while Koepka is three places behind him at No. 19.

Koepka’s move could foretell more in the future. Rumors crossed the veins of the 2022 US Open in Brooklyn last week, suggesting that Koepka will not be the last name announced before the LIV Golf event to be hosted in Portland next week. In fact, the once PGA Tour winner Abraham Ancer also announced LIV Golf this week and another top 20 player in the world may be announced.

Koepka’s brother, Chase, was part of the first Centurion Club event in London, and that contributed to that.

Last week at the US Open, Koepka was unhappy with the line of questions he received about LIV, but he was not adamant about his commitment to the PGA Tour either. In hindsight, it was easy to see this coming (why, at dot it was easy to see it coming).

“There was no other choice at this point, so where else would you go?” asked.

When pressed for LIV, Koepka took defense.

“Since last week,” he said. “That’s it. I did not play last week. I’m here. I’m here at the US Open. “My favorite facts. I do not know why you keep doing this. The more legs you give it, the more you talk about it.”

He turned even harder as the press conference passed.

“I do not understand,” he said. “I’m trying to focus on the US Open, man. I justifiably do not understand it. I’m tired of talking. I’m tired of it all. “Because it’s a miserable situation. We’re here to play and you’re talking about something that happened last week.”

With the departure of Koepka, LIV gathered all the bad guys of the PGA Tour. DeChambeau, Reed, Koepka, and even players like Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter have all been considered antiheroes at some point in their careers. It has created an interesting dynamic of good versus bad between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, which is among the dozens of interesting stories as the future of professional golf continues to be redefined.

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