4-time big winner Brooks Koepka is established to develop into the most up-to-date player to be a part of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Sequence, the PA news agency understands.
Koepka, whose brother Chase played in the opening event at Centurion Club previously this month, is envisioned to enjoy in the 2nd 54-gap, 48-gentleman event – which has a prize fund of $US25 million ($A40 million) in Portland, Oregon, next week.
The former entire world No.1 will be suspended by the PGA Tour as a consequence of his determination, which comes soon after he complained that thoughts on the matter at Brookline have been throwing a “black cloud” more than the US Open.
Asked in his pre-match push conference why he experienced seemingly made a decision to stay on the PGA Tour, Koepka mentioned: “You will find been no other option to this place, so the place else are you heading to go?”
When the reporter pointed out that the LIV functions had began, Koepka included: “As of past 7 days. Which is it. I wasn’t participating in previous week.
“I’m in this article. I’m right here at the US Open. I am completely ready to perform US Open and I consider it form of sucks, way too, you are all throwing this black cloud above the US Open up. It truly is just one of my favorite functions. I never know why you fellas retain undertaking that.
“The much more legs you give it, the more you maintain speaking about it.”
Koepka won the US Open in 2017 and 2018 and the US PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019, but the 32-year-outdated has been hampered by injuries in current a long time and is currently ranked 19th in the globe.
However, his defection will be a huge blow to the PGA Tour on the day that commissioner Jay Monahan had known as a participant conference at the Travelers Championship to present updates and answer questions.
Monahan suspended 17 gamers as soon as they teed off in the inaugural LIV Golfing function, obtaining been refused the expected releases, and stated the “very same destiny retains accurate” for upcoming rebels.
Patrick Reed, Pat Perez and Bryson DeChambeau joined LIV Golfing during that to start with event, the latter famously obtaining a feud with Koepka which culminated in them playing a 12-hole match, gained very easily by Koepka, in Las Vegas in November.
LIV Golf is anticipated to announce extra signings before long and CEO Greg Norman believes it has a “persuasive” scenario to be permitted to award entire world position details in long term occasions, which would be a important furthermore.
Open champion Collin Morikawa took to social media on Tuesday to quash rumours that he would be next in Koepka’s footsteps.
The two-time important winner wrote on Twitter: “Last week at my press meeting, I said the media enjoys developing drama. Certain sufficient, I woke up this morning to every person wondering I am future. Not to say I advised you so but…I advised you so.
“To state for the report, once yet again, you all are certainly completely wrong. I have explained it due to the fact February at Riviera that I am here to continue to be on the PGA Tour and almost nothing has altered.”