Brooks Koepka to join LIV Golf series; Matt Fitzpatrick and Collin Morikawa show commitment to PGA Tour | Golf News

Brooks Koepka to join Saudi-backed series; Koepka has removed all references to the PGA Tour from his social media; Koepka will star in the second LIV event next week; Collin Morikawa says he’s ‘here to stay’ on PGA Tour; US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick ‘not concerned’ with defectors

Last update: 06/21/22 5:38 p.m.

Brooks Koepka is the latest top player to join the LIV Golf series

Brooks Koepka is the latest top player to join the LIV Golf series

Brooks Koepka will leave the PGA Tour and join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.

Sky Sports News understands the four-time major winner – who has removed all references to the PGA Tour from his social media profiles – will do so at the second event in Portland next week.

The 32-year-old is set to become the latest big name to join the controversial series, after Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, but world number 4 Collin Morikawa has denied saying he would be next. their tracks.

The two-time major winner and defending Open champion, tweeted on Tuesday, “To put it bluntly, again, y’all are absolutely wrong. I’ve been saying this since February at Riviera that I’m here to stay on the @PGATOUR and Nothing has changed.”

New US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick also reiterated his commitment to the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, saying he was “not really concerned” about the current defector roster.

“I think whenever you have Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy – I saw Collin Morikawa come out and make a statement today – Scottie Scheffler, I feel like you have some great players there,” Fitzpatrick said.

“To me, they’re more than good enough to compete with any rival tour that might want to try to take over golf. I don’t really care.

Matt Fitzpatrick lost his words after claiming his first major title with a sensational victory at the US Open.

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Matt Fitzpatrick lost his words after claiming his first major title with a sensational victory at the US Open.

Matt Fitzpatrick lost his words after claiming his first major title with a sensational victory at the US Open.

“I know the PGA Tour isn’t going anywhere, the DP World Tour isn’t going anywhere and I feel like the important thing for me is to have a place to play and that’s where I want to play. .

“I think the Tour is going nowhere and as long as they have the support of Tiger Woods and Rory, Justin Thomas, there will be no problem in my opinion.”

Koepka was asked about his defection ahead of last week’s US Open and gave a temperamental answer as to why he apparently decided to stay on the PGA Tour. He said, “There’s been no other option so far, so where are you going?”

Brooks Koepka grew frustrated with the series of questions he faced during his US Open press conference, saying reporters

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Brooks Koepka grew frustrated with the series of questions he faced during his US Open press conference, saying reporters were “casting a dark cloud” over the competition.

Brooks Koepka grew frustrated with the series of questions he faced during his US Open press conference, saying reporters were “casting a dark cloud” over the competition.

When the reporter pointed out that the LIV events had started, Koepka added, “Since last week. That’s it. I wasn’t playing last week.”

He added: “I’m here. I’m here at the US Open. I’m ready to play the US Open and I think it sucks too, y’all are throwing this dark cloud over the US Open. is one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you keep doing this.

“The more legs you give her, the more you keep talking about it.”

Sky Sports News understands that world number 20 Abraham Ancer from Mexico will also join the LIV series.

Abraham Ancer appears to be the next golfer to join the LIV Golf series

Abraham Ancer appears to be the next golfer to join the LIV Golf series

It was announced earlier this month that all players involved in the LIV series would be suspended from the PGA Tour indefinitely.

A letter confirming this was sent to PGA Tour members by commissioner Jay Monahan shortly after the start of the LIV golf tournament at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire on June 9.

The total prize money for the first eight LIV events is £200million, with Charl Schwartzel taking home £3.86million when he won the inaugural 54-hole competition at the Centurion Club – almost three times the figure he claimed for his great success at the Masters in 2011. .

After Charl Schwartzel claimed the inaugural opening of the LIV Tour, the debate continues over whether the number of defections from the PGA Tour will start to rise.

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After Charl Schwartzel claimed the inaugural opening of the LIV Tour, the debate continues over whether the number of defections from the PGA Tour will start to rise.

After Charl Schwartzel claimed the inaugural opening of the LIV Tour, the debate continues over whether the number of defections from the PGA Tour will start to rise.

Schwartzel and runner-up Henni Du Plessis were both part of Stinger GC, which won the tag team competition alongside Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, with the foursome all taking home an additional $750,000 share of the $3 million tag team first prize. of dollars.

The LIV Golf controversy: explained

LIV Golf Series players have been repeatedly questioned at press conferences about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and their participation in the league solely for monetary reasons.

Paul McGinley used Mo Salah and the Premier League to help explain how the LIV Golf Series is different from the structure and organization of the PGA and DP World Tours.

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Paul McGinley used Mo Salah and the Premier League to help explain how the LIV Golf Series is different from the structure and organization of the PGA and DP World Tours.

Paul McGinley used Mo Salah and the Premier League to help explain how the LIV Golf Series is different from the structure and organization of the PGA and DP World Tours.

The breakaway series is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) – the owners of Newcastle United – and involves huge sums of money for competitors.

No official World Golf Ranking points are awarded for LIV events, although CEO Greg Norman says a request will be submitted for this to change.

The inaugural event took place at the Centurion Club last week, with former big winners Dustin Johnson and Phi Mickelson among the 48 players, while seven more tournaments are scheduled over the next few months.

There was a mixed reaction to the LIV Golf Series from US Open fans at Brookline.

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There was a mixed reaction to the LIV Golf Series from US Open fans at Brookline.

There was a mixed reaction to the LIV Golf Series from US Open fans at Brookline.

Pumpkin Ridge GC in Portland from June 30-July 2 and Trump National Golf Club Bedminster from July 29-31 are the next two host venues, with other US-based tournaments taking place in Boston from September 2-4 and in Chicago from September 16 to 18.

Bangkok’s Stonehill Golf Club is the venue from October 7-9 and Royal Greens Golf Club – the Saudi international’s venue in recent years – hosts the following week, with the end-of-season team championship then taking place at the Trump National Doral Miami from October. 27-30.

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