Brooks Koepka LEAVES PGA Golf Tour to Join Saudi Money Series LIV Golf Series

Brooks Koepka leaves the PGA Tour and joins the controversial Saudi breakaway LIV Golf Series, according to reports.

The four-time grand winner, 32, is set to become the last big name to join the money-making tour, and the American will be announced in the coming days, along with compatriots Bryson Deschamps and Patrick Reed.

It also comes just months after Koepka – whose brother Chase has already signed for LIV Golf – effectively labeled Phil Mickelson “greedy” for his potential involvement in a new tour that has stunned the golf world in recent weeks.

Koepka – who has so far earned £ 30.8 million ($ 37.9 million) in career money – will require a seven-figure application fee, similar to Dustin Johnson who received £ 120 million ($ 150 million) in advance.

In particular, Koepka – who has twice won the US Open and twice the US PGA – removed the ‘PGA Tour / Nike Athlete’ from his biography on Twitter last night.

And on the eve of last week’s US Open in Brooklyn, former world number one Koepka retaliated when asked about the Saudi-backed tour, insisting journalists relied on the ‘black cloud’ of the tournament.

“I do not understand. I’m trying to focus on the US Open, man. I legitimately do not understand that. I’m tired of talking. “I’m tired of all these things,” he said.

Koepka will, according to The Telegraphto be announced as a new member of the series ahead of another event at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, next week.

Brooks Koepka leaves the PGA Tour and joins the controversial LIV Golf Series

Koepka effectively labeled Phil Mickelson (right) 'greedy' for his potential participation in a new tour back in February

Koepka effectively labeled Phil Mickelson (right) ‘greedy’ for his potential participation in a new tour back in February

Koepka - pictured with her husband, actress Jenna Sims - earned $ 37.9 million from a career award

Koepka – pictured with her husband, actress Jenna Sims – earned $ 37.9 million from a career award

Speaking before the US Open last week, Koepka continued: “I’m here at the US Open, I’m ready to play the US Open, and I think that’s bullshit, you’re all throwing this black cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you keep doing that.

‘The more legs you give, the more you talk about it.’

And back in February, when Mickelson criticized control of media rights by the PGA Tour as rumors spread of his involvement in a Saudi-backed tour, Koepka called what he saw as hypocrisy from his American counterpart.

Mickelson said: “They [PGA Tour] I also charge companies to use the footage I 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 their media rights. That kind of greed is more than disgusting to me. ‘

Koepka then responded to quotes on Instagram by saying, “I don’t know if I would have used the word greedy if I were Phil.”

The 32-year-old after lifting the fourth of his four major titles at the 2019 PGA Championship.

The 32-year-old after lifting the fourth of his four major titles at the 2019 PGA Championship.

Mickelson has been criticized for taking part in the first LIV Golf event in St. Albans earlier this month

Mickelson has been criticized for taking part in the first LIV Golf event in St. Albans earlier this month

According to the PGA Tour website, Koepka has earned $ 37.9 million in career money to date.

Players who applied for the series have been criticized and widely condemned for human rights abuses perpetrated by the Saudi regime.

Dustin Johnson, Ian Polter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia are among the other stars who signed up for LIV Golf and all played at the inaugural event of the Centurion Club tour earlier this month, which was won by 2011 Masters champion Charles Schwarzell.

Dustin Johnson was the top-ranked name to play at this month’s LIV Golf inaugural event

Dustin Johnson was the top-ranked name to play at this month’s LIV Golf inaugural event

Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter have also signed up for a controversial Saudi-backed tour

Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter have also signed up for a controversial Saudi-backed tour

On Monday, LIV Golf boss Greg Norman retaliated against critics of the Saudi-backed series and condemned the PGA Tour for “deafening” hypocrisy.

The PGA Tour banned rebel players with immediate effect moments after they played at Centurion earlier this month.

Meanwhile, renowned American sports broadcaster Bob Costas described the huge checks offered to players – the first seven events have $ 20 million wallets – as ‘blood money’.

Former world number one Norman (67) decided to speak when the US Open came to an end on Sunday.

“I am just disappointed that people are thinking that [blood money] way, quite honestly, “Norman told Fox News.

LIV Golf chief Greg Norman has retaliated against critics of the Saudi-backed outlaw series

LIV Golf chief Greg Norman has retaliated against critics of the Saudi-backed outlaw series

67-year-old pictured with LIV Golf Invitational inaugural winner Charles Schwarzel

67-year-old pictured with LIV Golf Invitational inaugural winner Charles Schwarzel

“You see, if they want to look at it from the prism, then why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing business with Saudi Arabia worth $ 40 billion or more?”

‘Why is that okay for sponsors? Why is it okay to have a Saudi sponsor, Aramco, the largest sponsor of women’s golf in the world? Why is that okay with them? Why is this not right for these players?

‘Will [PGA Tour commissioner] Jay Monahan goes to each of those CEOs of 23 companies that invest in Saudi Arabia and suspends and bans them?

“Hypocrisy in all this is so loud. That’s deafening. ‘

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