Brooks Koepka to join Saudi-back LIV Golf series, dump PGA Tour

Four-time Major winner Brooks Koepka will join Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson Dechambeau and Abraham Ancer in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.

CROMWELL, Conn. — The Saudi-backed LIV golf series, which plucks PGA Tour players, has one of its biggest fish yet in four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, according to reports from Sky Sports and The Telegraph.

Koepka will reportedly compete ahead of next week’s second LIV Golf Invitational event at Pumpkin Ridge outside of Portland, Ore.

On Monday night, Twitter users noticed that Koepka had removed references to the PGA Tour from his social media bios as another big announcement from LIV Golf was expected soon.

Financial commitment for Koepka has not yet been released, but considering LIV Golf offered one-time Major winner Bryson DeChambeau over $100 million to join the series, Koepka’s payday is expected to be hefty.

Koepka, 32, won the US Open twice and the PGA Championship twice between 2017 and 2019. Koepka also has eight all-time wins on the PGA Tour. Now, with his reported decision to join the LIV Golf Series, he is indefinitely suspended from the PGA Tour.

Koepka was asked several times about the LIV golf series and his thoughts on the Saudi-backed rivals tour at a press conference ahead of the US Open last weekend.

“I’m here at the US Open,” Koepka told reporters last week. “I’m ready to play the US Open and I also kinda suck that you all throw this black cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing this. The more legs you give him, the more you talk about it.”

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There were signs that the LIV golf series could be a good fit for Koepka. By his own admission, the golfer has said in the past that majors are far more important to him than regular tour events. The LIV golf series allows golfers to compete in fewer events for a lot more money, with just 10 tournaments next year and 14 announced for 2023-2025. And right now, these golfers can qualify for major tournaments.

Another sign Brooks Koepka could be gone was his younger brother Chase Koepka, who was among 48 players who took part in the first LIV Golf event outside of London earlier this month.

Brooks Koepka (World No. 19) joins Dustin Johnson (World No. 16), Phil Mickelson (World No. 88), Bryson DeChambeau (World No. 30), Patrick Reed (World No. 38) and now World No. 20. Abraham Ancer, also announced this week, is believed to be the biggest name to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf.

Koepka was previously engaged for this week’s Traveler’s Championship at the PGA Tour in Cromwell, Connecticut.

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Emma Bowman

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