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

Brooks Koepka to join the Saudi-backed series; Koepka removed all references to the PGA Tour from his social media; Koepka plays in a second LIV event next week; Colin Morikawa says he’s “here to stay” on the PGA Tour; US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick ‘not worried’ about defectors

Last update: 06/21/22 5:38 PM

Brooks Koepka is the latest high-profile player to join the LIV Golf series

Brooks Koepka is the latest high-profile 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 He understands that the four-time main winner – who has removed all references to the PGA Tour from his social media profiles – will be following her up 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, following Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, but world number 4 Colin Morikawa has dismissed talk that he’s next to follow in their footsteps.

The two-time main winner, and Open Championship defending champion, tweeted on Tuesday: “To emphasize the record, once again, you are all completely wrong. I have said since February in Riviera that I am here to stay at PGATOUR and nothing has changed.”

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

“I think whenever you have Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy — I saw Colin Morikawa come out and make a statement today — Scotty Scheffler, I feel like you have some great guys out there,” Fitzpatrick said.

“For me, it’s more than good enough to compete with any competition round you might want to try to dominate golf. I’m not worried about that.

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

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

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

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

“I think the tour is not going anywhere and as long as they have the support of Tiger Woods and the support of Rory, Justin Thomas, there will be no problems in my opinion.”

Koepka was asked about the split ahead of last week’s US Open and gave a scathing answer as to why he apparently decided to stay on the PGA Tour. “There is no other choice to this point,” he said, “so where are you going?”

Brooks Koepka was frustrated with the line of questioning he faced during his US Open press conference, saying that reporters

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Brooks Koepka was frustrated with the questioning streak he faced during his US Open press conference, saying that journalists are “throwing a black cloud” over the competition.

Brooks Koepka was frustrated with the questioning streak he faced during his US Open press conference, saying that journalists are “throwing a black cloud” over the competition.

When the reporter noted that the LIV events had begun, Koepka added: “As of 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’s kinda bad, you all are throwing this black cloud at the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you keep going.” Do it guys.

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

Sky Sports News It is understood that world number 20 Abraham Encer of Mexico will also join the LIV Series.

It looks like Abraham Ancer is ready to be the next golfer to join the LIV Golf Series

It looks like Abraham Ancer is ready to be the next golfer to join the LIV Golf Series

It was announced earlier this month that any players participating in the LIV Series would be suspended indefinitely from the PGA Tour.

A letter confirming that Commissioner Jay Monahan was sent to members of the PGA Tour shortly after the inaugural LIV Golf Championship kicked off at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire on June 9.

The prize fund across the initial eight LIV events totals £200m, with Charles Schwarzl taking home £3.86m when he won the inaugural 54-hole competition at the Centurion Club – nearly three times the number he claimed for his huge Masters success. in 2011.

After Charl Schwartzel claimed the inaugural LIV Tour opener, the debate continued over whether the numbers emerging from the PGA Tour would begin to grow.

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After Charl Schwartzel claimed the inaugural LIV Tour opener, the debate continued over whether the numbers emerging from the PGA Tour would begin to grow.

After Charl Schwartzel claimed the inaugural LIV Tour opener, the debate continued over whether the numbers emerging from the PGA Tour would begin to grow.

Both runner-up Schwarzel and Henny de Plessis were part of Stinger GC, who won the team competition alongside Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, with the quartet taking home an additional $750,000 from the team’s $3 million first prize.

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Players in the LIV Golf Series have been repeatedly questioned in press conferences about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and whether they compete in the league solely for financial reasons.

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

The separate series is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) – owner of Newcastle United – and includes huge sums of money for rivals.

Official World Golf rating points are not awarded for LIV events, although CEO Greg Norman says a request will be made to change that.

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

There was mixed reaction to the LIV golf series from fans at the US Open in Brooklyn.

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There was mixed reaction to the LIV golf series from fans at the US Open in Brooklyn.

There was mixed reaction to the LIV golf series from fans at the US Open in Brooklyn.

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

Stonehill Golf in Bangkok is the venue October 7-9, and the Royal Greens Golf Club – the site of the Saudi International in recent years – will host the following week, with the season-ending tag team tournament then hosted at Trump National Doral Miami from October 27-30.

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