Brooks Koepka is reported to be dropping the PGA Tour and joining the controversial Saudi breakaway LIV golf series.
The four-time main winner, 32, is set to become the latest big name to join the money-spinning tour, with the American to be announced in the coming days alongside fellow countrymen Bryson Dechambeau and Patrick Reed.
It also comes just a few months after Koepka – whose brother Chase has already signed at LIV Golf – called Phil Mickelson “greedy” for his potential involvement in the new round that has stunned the golf world in recent weeks.
Koepka – who has taken 30.8 million pounds ($37.9 million) in career awards money so far – would have commanded a seven-figure fee for filing, similar to Dustin Johnson’s 120 million pounds ($150 million) upfront fee.
Notably, Koepka – who has won the US Open twice and the US PGA Championship twice – removed “PGA Tour/Nike Athlete” from his Twitter bio last night.
Ahead of last week’s US Open in Brooklyn, the former world number one Koepka responded when asked about the Saudi-backed tour, insisting reporters were throwing a “black cloud” over the tournament.
‘I don’t understand. I’m trying to focus on the US Open, man. I legit do not understand. I’m tired of conversations. He said: I am tired of all these things.
Koepka will, according to telegraphAnd the Her new membership in the series will be announced ahead of the second event at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, next week.
Brooks Koepka has pulled out of the PGA Tour and joined the controversial LIV Golf Series
Koepka has actually described Phil Mickelson (right) as ‘greedy’ due to his potential re-run in February.
Koepka – pictured with his wife, actress Jenna Sims – has earned $37.9 million in career award money
Speaking ahead of last week’s US Open, Koepka continued, “I’m here at the US Open, I’m ready to play the US Open, and I think it’s kinda bad, you’re all just throwing 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 I give, the more I keep talking about it.”
Back in February, when Mickelson was criticizing the PGA Tour’s control of media rights as rumors spread about his participation in the Saudi-backed tour, Kupka described what he considered hypocrisy of his fellow American.
‘Hm,’ said Mickelson [PGA Tour] We also charge companies to use the shots they hit. And when I did The Match – there were five of them – the tour forced me to pay them a million dollars each time. For my media rights. That kind of greed, to me, is beyond obnoxious.
Then, Koepka responded to the quotes on Instagram, saying, “I don’t know if I would use the word greedy if I was Phil.”
The 32-year-old after lifting fourth out of his four majors at the 2019 US PGA Championship
Mickelson was criticized for participating in the first LIV Golf event in St Albans earlier this month
According to the PGA Tour website, Koepka has received $37.9 million in career award money so far.
Players who participated in the series received criticism and were widely condemned for human rights violations committed by the Saudi regime.
Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia are among the other star names who joined LIV Golf and all played at the Tour Opening Ceremony at the Centurion Club earlier this month, won by 2011 Masters champion Charles Schwarzl.
Dustin Johnson was the highest rated name to play in this month’s inaugural LIV Golf event
Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter also signed the controversial Saudi-backed tour
On Monday, LIV Golf boss Greg Norman responded to critics of the Saudi-backed series and criticized the PGA Tour for its “deafening” hypocrisy.
The PGA Tour banned rebel players with immediate effect after playing at Centurion earlier this month.
Meanwhile, famous American sports broadcaster Bob Costas described the huge checks offered to players – the first seven events received US$20 million – as “friendly money”.
Norman, the former world number one, has decided to speak out as the US Open draws to a close on Sunday.
‘I’m disappointed people are bringing it down [blood money] way, quite frankly, Norman said Fox News.
LIV Golf boss Greg Norman responds to critics of the Saudi-backed renegade series
The 67-year-old is pictured with the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational winner Charl Schwartzel
“Look, if they want to look at it from a perspective, why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing business with Saudi Arabia worth over $40 billion?
‘Why is it okay for sponsors?’ Why is it okay to have a Saudi sponsor, Aramco, the biggest sponsor of ladies golf in the world? Why is it okay for them? Why is it okay with these players?
‘Will [PGA Tour commissioner] Jay Monahan goes to every one of these CEOs from 23 companies investing in Saudi Arabia and gets suspended and banned?
The hypocrisy in all of this, is very loud. It is deafening.