Ahead of last week’s U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka warned the media to ask questions about the LIV Golf Tour.
The Saudi-funded breakaway coalition has turned the golf world upside down, and Koepka said the media was casting a “dark cloud” over the U.S. Open after being asked how much it would cost to add about 20 colleagues. They’ve ditched the PGA Tour and joined the LIV Golf Series.
“I didn’t think about it that much,” Koepka said, before ranting about how he’s focused on the U.S. Open rather than the LIV Golf Tour.
Well, just two days after the U.S. Open, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman must know what Koepka’s magic number is, because according to multiple reports, the 32-year-old golfer has jumped ship to join Controversial Tour. The Telegraph was the first to report that Koepka had joined LIV Golf.
Koepka is one of the most famous golfers in the world. World No. 19 Koepka is a four-time major champion with two PGA Championships (2018, 2019) and two U.S. Open trophies (2017, 2018).
Koepka, who held the world No. 1 for 47 straight weeks before recently dealing with an injury, brought further legitimacy to the LIV Golf Tour, joining Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau as the recipient of at least The biggest names in checks funded in part by Saudi Arabia. Sovereign Wealth Fund. It’s unclear how much Koepka was paid for the new tour. Mickelson reportedly received $200 million, while Johnson received $125 million.
Like Johnson, DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, Koepka was in his prime. Critics of LIV Golf say the tour is full of the best golfers, with most players over 40 at the inaugural event in London. World No. 20 Abraham Ancer, 31, will also play on the LIV Golf Tour, ESPN reported.
Koepka’s brother, Chase, is in the London event and is expected to play LIV Golf’s first U.S. championship at Pumpkin Ridge, Portland, Ore., on June 30. DeChambeau and Reed will also make their LIV debut in Oregon. Their penalty on the PGA Tour is likely to be the same as the 17 PGA members who participated in LIV’s inaugural event: an indefinite suspension.