LIV Golf's Brooks Koepka plays down Monahan feud, thinks Masters will be 'spicy'

LIV Golf League player Brooks Koepka has downplayed any rift with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan on the eve of the 2023 Masters.

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Sat, 1 Apr 2023
LIV Golf's Brooks Koepka plays down Monahan feud, thinks Masters will be 'spicy'

Brooks Koepka says he still 'loves' the PGA Tour and insisted he has no problems with commissioner Jay Monahan. 

The 2023 Masters is right around the corner and Koepka is looking to prove his critics wrong. 

The 32-year-old missed the cut at the 86th edition of the tradition unlike any other and he has since struggled with injury after injury.  

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In an interview with the i, Koepka has explained he was supposed to be out of action for more than a year after undergoing knee surgery. 

In fact it was only a few weeks later that Koepka was teeing it up at Augusta National as Tiger Woods made his return to major championship golf. 

Koepka told the publication he was just trying to find a way to swing without pain.

Fast-forward to now Koepka maintains he's as healthy as he has ever been since he ticked off four majors in quick succession. 

Koepka was even described as 'the major whisperer' by Rickie Fowler in the Netflix documentary Full Swing.  

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Will he ever get back to his peak? Koepka was bullish about his chances. 

A number of LIV players have spoken about the reception they will receive when they descend upon Augusta. 

Cameron Smith reckons it's 'bs' the LIV players won't be competitive. Joaquin Niemann? He is relishing the fact they are 'hated'. 

Koepka insists that he has no problems with anyone. Even embattled commissioner Monahan

The four-time major champ was deliberately announced as a LIV Golf signing during a Monahan press conference at the 2022 Travelers. 

Koepka told the publication:

"I still love the PGA Tour. I've got nothing against them.
"A lot of guys I see on a daily basis around Jupiter still play on the PGA Tour.
"I have nothing against them. I have nothing against Jay. It's just competition, right?
"We are just trying to put up the best model we can, the best golf and then it's up to the fans.
"We want people to watch and come to the events. We want to put on a show for everybody."

As for his quest for the green jacket, Koepka did concede the LIV aspect will add some spice. 

But he added:

"Augusta is Augusta, and for the first time in two years I'm actually ready to play the thing. I have everything under control.
"I just have to minimise my mistakes. I played the hardest five holes on the course [Tucson] the best last week and the five easiest the worst.
"Just dumb stuff. But that is super easy to clean up."

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