Brooks Koepka is eyeing greener pastures — and presumably, a load of green.
Less than a week after a tense press conference at the U.S. Open in which the four-time major champion dodged questions on the LIV Golf Series, Koepka is reportedly set to join the Saudi-backed tour this coming week.
Koepka turned questions on media during that press conference, blaming members of the press for giving the LIV controversy “more legs.” He already has familial ties to the circuit, as brother Chase has made the circuit home.
LIV Golf has made waves, signing several of the world’s top-ranked players in recent months. The tour offers something the PGA Tour does not, by way of massive contracts for its star players, in addition to prize money won during tournaments.
Here’s the latest on Koepka and his potential PGA Tour defection.
Brooks Koepka LIV Golf rumors
Multiple reports indicate that Koepka is set to be announced as the latest major winner to join the LIV Golf tour this week; ESPN’s Mark Schlabach confirmed earlier reports from Sky Sports and Telegraph on Tuesday.
Koepka is set to join his brother, Chase, on the tour. Speaking with media during U.S. Open press conference last week, Koepka dodged questions on the LIV Tour.
“There’s been no other option to this point,” Koepka said regarding his decision to stay with the PGA Tour. “As of last week, that’s it — I wasn’t playing last week. I’m here, I’m here at the U.S. Open.
“I think it kind of sucks, too. Y’all are throwing this black cloud over the U.S. Open. It’s one of my favorite events, I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give it (LIV Golf), the more you keep talking about it.”
The 32-year-old Koepka insisted last week he hadn’t given switching over to LIV Golf “that much thought,” and that it was a “s—ty situation” for reporters to continue bring up questions of LIV during the U.S. Open.
Should Koepka make the jump, he’ll be on the same tour as arch-nemesis Bryson DeChambeau, truly proving that money is the great unifier.
Koepka finished 55th and plus-12 at the U.S. Open and hasn’t won a major since the 2019 PGA Championship.