Brooks Koepka moves to new LIV Golf Series
By Bob Garcia
Golf is coming off an extremely exciting weekend with the US Open but the sport also continues to make big news away from the course.
According to numerous media outlets, Brooks Koepka is the latest star to leave the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf Series. Other players who have defected to the new league include Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed.
Koepka’s defection comes days after making some evasive comments about leaving the PGA Tour. Note quote is courtesy of ESPN.com:
“I’m here at the U.S. Open. I’m ready to play the U.S. Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the U.S. Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give [LIV Golf], the more you keep talking about it.”
The new league has generated major controversy because it is financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. And the money that is reportedly being guaranteed to players far exceeds what they could make on the PGA Tour, all while playing in fewer events.
The LIV Golf Series has put a lot of heat on PGA Tour commissioner, Jay Monahan. He has already suspended players who took part in the first LIV event, so this is almost certainly going to be an ugly split. It is unknown whether LIV players will be able to play in future major tourneys like The Masters and US Open.
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