Four-time major 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 to join the rival Saudi-backed tour.
Several 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 which previewed some of the adjustments the PGA Tour has made to its schedule, namely increases in scholarships and payments for notables. 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.
Koepka is now the second highest ranked player to join the league. Johnson is currently ranked No. 16 in the Official World Golf Rankings, while Koepka is three places behind him at No. 19.
Koepka’s move could foreshadow others to come. Rumors ran through the veins of the 2022 US Open at Brookline last week, suggesting that Koepka will not be the announced last name until the LIV Golf event to be held in Portland next week. In fact, former PGA Tour winner Abraham Ancer also announced for LIV Golf this week, and there could be another world top 20 to announce.
Koepka’s brother Chase was part of the first London event at the Centurion Club, and that takes all of that into account.
Last week at the US Open, Koepka wasn’t happy with the series of questions he received about LIV, but he also wasn’t adamant about his commitment to the PGA Tour. In retrospect, it was easy to see this coming (hell, in the moment it was easy to see it coming).
“There has been no other option at this point, so where else are you going?” He asked.
When pushed about LIV, Koepka got defensive.
“Since 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 think that sucks too, y’all throwing that black cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you keep doing this. The more legs you give it, the more you keep talking about it.
He backed off even harder as the press conference progressed.
“I don’t understand,” he said. “I’m trying to focus on the US Open, man. I legitimately don’t understand. I’m sick of the conversations. I’m sick of all this. Like I said y’all throw a black cloud at the US Open. I think it sucks. In fact, I feel bad for them for once because it’s a shitty situation. We’re here to play, and you’re talking about an event that happened. is produced last week.
With Koepka gone, LIV has rounded up all the villains on the PGA Tour. DeChambeau, Reed, Koepka and even players like Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter have all, at some point in their careers, been considered anti-heroes. This has created an interesting dynamic between good and evil between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, which is among dozens of interesting storylines as the future of professional golf continues to be redefined.