Brooks Koepka’s struggle to LIV Golf is a ‘surprise’; ‘Duality’ backtracking

Cromwell, Connecticut – Brooks Koepka’s withdrawal from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf came as a shock to many.

Koepka withdrew from the Travelers Championship on Tuesday night before officially becoming the newest player at LIV Golf on Wednesday. However, Koepka always made it seem like he would never go in that direction.

“It has been clear for a long time that I am with the PGA Tour, which is where I will be staying,” Koepka said at the week of the WM Phoenix Open. “I’m very happy. I think they’re doing things the right way. People I want to deal with. I’m happy to be here. And I don’t really talk about this with many other guys. They asked a couple of questions, but I trust them.”

Written by Ryan Lavner

Brooks Koepka was revealed on Wednesday as the latest high-profile signing with the LIV Golf International Series.

But several months later, with the sport immersed in a saga stemming from LIV Golf’s latest launch, Koepka, a four-time grandmaster, went back on his word.

“Am I surprised (Koepka left)? Yes, because of what he said earlier,” Rory McIlroy said Wednesday at TPC River Highlands. “I guess that’s why I’m amazed at a lot of these people because they say one thing and then do another, and I don’t get it and I don’t know if it’s for legal reasons or not – I have no idea. But it’s disingenuous that they say something and then do Something else. ”

Last week at Brookline, Koepka was noticeably annoyed by questions about LIV Golf, saying he was only focusing on the US Open and that the media was throwing a “dark cloud” over the tournament.

Masters champion Scotty Scheffler, like McIlroy, believes Koepka was true to his word, based on recent interaction.

‘Koepka leave [PGA Tour]It was definitely a surprise to me,” Scheffler said on Wednesday. I had an event with him last week and it was definitely not what he had in mind. We’ve been focused on building the PGA Tour and getting the guys staying here together and sort of just having conversations and seeing how we can help make the most of the tour. So, seeing Brooks leave was definitely a surprise to us.

“That being said, he made his decision. I wouldn’t ask him to do it. He made the decision that was best for him and I wouldn’t be the one to judge him based on that.”

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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan held a press conference Wednesday at 1 p.m. at TPC River Highlands. When asked about Koepka’s decision, Monahan said there was nothing official and that he spoke to Koepka as recently as Monday, while also adding: “He’s been a great, fantastic player on the PGA Tour and I hope that continues.”

But LIV Golf’s official announcement of Koepka joining the circuit came six minutes after the Monahan piston. When a reporter brought this to Monahan’s attention, he was disappointed rather than shocked.

“Every player left, I will say I am a huge fan and respect for the contributions they have made on the PGA Tour,” he said. “I am disappointed that Brooks Koepka has left and joined the LIV Golf Series. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it and I look forward to having a chat with him, but I am not going to share anything more than that at this time.”

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