Brooks Koepka is the latest player join LIV Golf and it’s fair to his decision is somewhat surprising.
This is because Koepka – in public and apparently in private – has always maintained that he was not keen on the idea.
He was one of the first PGA Tour players to publicly take issue with the vision of a “super league” that had smaller fields featuring the best players.
And in February this year claimed his future was on the PGA Tour. However, he predicted that the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series would no doubt pinch some of the game’s biggest stars.
“Everyone talks about money,” Koepka said. “[The Saudis have] enough of it, so I don’t see it backing down. They can just double up, and they’ll figure it out. They’ll get their guys. Somebody will sell out and go to it.”
Sell out, huh?!
Koepka also said: “I get that the stars are what people come to see. But these guys who we see win, who have been grinding for 10 or 15 years, that’s what makes the cool stories. I’d have a hard time looking at guys and putting them out of a job.”
You might also remember Koepka taking aim at Phil Mickelson when Lefty’s comments about working with the “scary” Saudis became public.
Mickelson accused the PGA Tour of “obnoxious greed”.
Koepka posted this in response to that:
He also said: “I think everybody out here is happy,” he added. “[Mickelson] can think whatever he wants to think, man. He can do whatever he wants to do. I think everybody out here is happy. I think a lot of people out here have the same opinion.”
Still, Koepka’s made his decision now and there is no going back.
His decision prompted these humorous responses on social media:
Brooks Koepka going to LIV is not surprising. He’s said he only cares about majors and finding new ways to make Bryson’s life miserable.— Paige Spiranac (@PaigeSpiranac) June 21, 2022
Bryson DeChambeau seeing Brooks Koepka join the LIV Golf Series pic.twitter.com/cHkQpctsKC— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) June 21, 2022
Rewatching Brooks Koepka’s U.S. Open presser last week and you could see the writing was on the wall. pic.twitter.com/CHaOooFEYB— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) June 21, 2022
If Koepka came out and said he's joining LIV purely for the money and the chance to continue putting Bryson into a locker whenever possible I'd probably give him a pass.— Jay Rigdon (@jayrigdon5) June 21, 2022
If Koepka didn’t think PGA Tour golf was a real sport then maybe he’ll find what he’s looking for in his career as a YouTube content creator— No Laying Up (@NoLayingUp) June 21, 2022
Brooks Koepka is the latest golfer to join the LIV Golf Series.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 21, 2022
"My only joy in life is beating Bryson DeChambeau, so naturally when he joined the LIV Series, I was going to have to go too" said Koepka.
Brooks Koepka livin’ that LIV Golf life like pic.twitter.com/ikHZSfBgaQ— T̷R̷O̷Y̷ ̷H̷U̷G̷H̷E̷S̷ (@TommySledge) June 21, 2022
Brooks Koepka, leaving the PGA Tour for LIV pic.twitter.com/BTcr96Y6tO— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) June 22, 2022
Brooks Koepka is indeed leaving the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf.pic.twitter.com/D6lxwmyfpY— BetOnSports (@BetOnSports2Win) June 21, 2022
Brooks Koepka when he finds out his fans are unhappy with him: pic.twitter.com/bWXoH9CISt— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) June 21, 2022
Announcing the newest member of the Liv Tour…— Conor Moore (@ConorSketches) June 21, 2022
Brooks Koepka! pic.twitter.com/lAQCCPjKjy