Koepka blasted Spieth and Thomas then said: "I'm supposed to turn down $130m?"

Brooks Koepka blasted members of the Ryder Cup team when disclosing how much money he was offered to join LIV Golf, claims Alan Shipnuck

Koepka blasted Spieth and Thomas then said: "I'm supposed to turn down $130m?"
Koepka blasted Spieth and Thomas then said: "I'm supposed to turn down …

Brooks Koepka reportedly ripped into his fellow US Ryder Cup team members Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth when revealing the exact amount of money he was offered to join the LIV Golf League last season, according to golf writer Alan Shipnuck. 

In a stunning new extract from his new book 'LIV and Let Die', Shipnuck has revealed a number of fascinating details to emerge in the world of golf over the past 18 months. 



Here's a few of them so far: 

But in another eye-catching story from Shipbuck's new book, he divulges a time when Koepka let slip his signing-on fee to join LIV Golf while ripping into the likes of Spieth and Thomas in the process. 

Koepka confirmed the fee was $130m.

Related: Thomas cracks joke at Koepka's expense following Ryder Cup defeat

Koepka blasted Spieth and Thomas then said:

Such information came to light in the first week of July 2022 when Koepka had very recently joined LIV Golf for their first event.

Koepka found himself in a small private bar alongside his fellow LIV Golf pros Dustin Johnson, Jason Kokrak and Pat Perez during the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor (2027 Ryder Cup venue) in Ireland. 

Just about every big-name player attended that two-day event, even Tiger Woods

Shipnuck pens how the "LIV guys were living it up as the drinks were flowing" and how Johnson's wife Paulina Gretzky was "spilling out of a tight black dress".

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Koepka blasted Spieth and Thomas then said:

Koepka then let loose with some choice words about a number of PGA Tour players and fellow US Ryder Cup team members, who seemingly were not best pleased with his decision to breakaway to join LIV Golf. 

Shipnuck writes

"LIV launched in June 2022, in London. At the completion of its second tournament, in Portland, LIV supplied a jumbo jet to ferry its players to the JP McManus Pro-Am in Ireland. It marked just the second comingling of LIV golfers and PGA Tour loyalists. Amid all the palace intrigue at Adare Manor, the LIV guys were living it up. Deep into the night following the closing party, Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Pat and Ashley Perez, and Dustin Johnson and his bride, Paulina, repaired to a small, private bar tucked into the Manor. The drinks were flowing, and Paulina, spilling out of a tight black dress, was having trouble balancing atop a leather barstool. Perez, wearing a backward baseball cap, pointed at Johnson, who had recruited him to LIV, and shouted, “I owe everything to that man!” DJ was too busy tending to his wobbly wife to notice. Despite the relaxed setting, Koepka radiated some heat when reflecting on his career change. “F*** all of those country club kids who talk shit about me,” he said, referring to the likes of Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and others. “You think I give a f*** what they think? You think I care what people say about me? I just had three surgeries, and I’m supposed to turn down $130 million? I grew up with nothing. After signing that contract, the first person I called was my mom. We both cried."

The very bottom line from Shipnuck has since been refuted by Koepka's mother, Denise.  

Koepka has yet to respond to the story. 

Denise tweeted her response on October 4, the same day Shipnuck's extract went live.

"Just to clarify, the only time my son @BKoepka and I cried together was when he was born. He was testing lungs for the first time; I was glad the pregnancy ordeal was over. End of story."

Smash GC captain Koepka was the only LIV Golf player to compete in the 2023 Ryder Cup at Marco Simone in Rome last week.

It was a week that failed to fully ignite for Koepka, who took 1.5 points from three. 

He took half a point in the Friday fourballs then got trounced alongside World No.1 Scottie Scheffler in a record 9&7 foursomes defeat at the hands of Viktor Hovland and Ludvig Aberg on Saturday morning. 

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Koepka somewhat got his own back on Aberg by beating him 3&2 in the Sunday Singles.

But it was all to little avail as Luke Donald’s Europe saw out a deserved 16.5-11.5 win.

Team USA's wait to lift a Ryder Cup on European soil continues having never won away from home since 1993. 

Koepka did have some fun after the Ryder Cup was over though when he got four PGA Tour players in Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Sam Burns and Xander Schauffele to all wear Smash GC T-shirts

It remains to be seen what PGA Tour boss Jay Monahan made of the joke.

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