Brooks Koepka Joins LIV Golf: Four-Time Lead Winner Leaves PGA Tour, Dustin Johnson Connections, Phil Mickelson

Four-time main champion Brooks Koepka is the latest golf star to turn down the PGA Tour for LIV Golf. In doing so, Koepka has joined Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson as the biggest names to join the Saudi-backed rival tour.

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

The timing of the announcement was notable as it came in the middle of a press conference held by PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, who provided insight into some adjustments the PGA Tour has made to its schedule, namely scholarship increases. and payments for notable events in 2023 and beyond.

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

Koepka is now the second highest scoring player to join the league. Johnson is currently ranked No. 16 in the official world golf ranking, while Koepka is three places behind him at no. 19.

Koepka’s move could foreshadow more to follow. Rumors ran through the veins of Brookline’s US Open 2022 last week, suggesting that Koepka will not be the surname announced ahead of the LIV Golf event that will be hosted in Portland next week. In fact, this week, PGA Tour winner Abraham Ancer also announced for LIV Golf this week and there may be another of the world’s top 20 players to announce.

Koepka’s brother Chase attended the first event in London at the Centurion Club, and that’s a determining factor.

Last week at the US Open, Koepka was not satisfied with the line of questions he received about LIV, but he was also not firmly convinced of his commitment to the PGA Tour. In retrospect, it was easy to see him coming (heck, in the moment it was easy to see it coming).

“There’s been no other option up to this point, so where else are you going to go?” he asked her.

When he was pushed to LIV, Koepka got on the defensive.

“Starting 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 also think it sucks, you’re all throwing this black cloud on the US Open. It’s one of my events. favorites. I don’t know why you guys keep doing it. The more legs you give them, the more you keep talking about it. “

He rejected even harder as the press conference progressed.

“I don’t understand,” he said. “I’m trying to focus on the US Open, man. Legitimately I don’t understand. I’m tired of the conversations. I’m tired of all these things. Like I said, you’re all throwing a black cloud about the US Open. I think it sucks. I’m actually sorry. for them for once because it’s a shit situation. We’re here to play and you’re talking about an event that happened last week. “

With Koepka’s departure, LIV has rounded up all the villains from the PGA Tour. DeChambeau, Reed, Koepka, and even players like Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter have all been considered anti-heroes at some point in their careers. It created an interesting good versus bad dynamic between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, which is among several dozen interesting storylines as the future of professional golf continues to be redefined.

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