Brooks Koepka wastes no time in trolling Rory McIlroy after LIV Golf U-turn

Brooks Koepka appeared to enjoy seeing Rory McIlroy's apparent U-turn with his opinion of the LIV Golf League and its players.

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Wed, 3 Jan 2024
Brooks Koepka wastes no time in trolling Rory McIlroy after LIV Golf U-turn

Brooks Koepka appeared to enjoy reading Rory McIlroy's comments which demonstrated the Northern Irishman's increasingly softening stance on the rival LIV Golf League

McIlroy, 34, caught the headlines on 3 January with an eyebrow-raising appearance on Sky Sports' Stick to Football podcast. 

Over the course of the 60-minute interview the Ulsterman suggested he would be open to the idea of joining the Saudi-backed circuit should it turn into the 'IPL of golf' whereby only two months of the calendar year would be dedicated to team sport. 

He also discussed his Masters misery and his secret meeting with LIV mastermind Yasir Al-Rumayyan

For two years the four-times major champion has been the breakaway's harshest critic. 

He has traded public barbs with their chief executive, two-time Open champion Greg Norman, and even called out his former European Ryder Cup teammates. 

McIlroy even was filmed making an expletive-laden comment about Phil Mickelson in the Netflix documentary Full Swing. 

He was also caught sniggering at Patrick Reed's fall down the world rankings. "Beautiful," he said of Reed's decline. 

At one point he said if LIV was the last place to play professional golf he would retire. 

And on the eve of the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome, McIlroy went as far as saying the LIV players would not be missed. 

"I think this week of all weeks, it's going to hit home with them that they are not here," he said before leading Europe to a five-point victory. 

His comment was clearly aimed at the likes of Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer

Now McIlroy believes the rules should be changed to allow Jon Rahm to be included in Luke Donald's side for the 2025 contest in New York. 

He also admitted that perhaps he was too judgemental of some of the golfers who bolted to LIV. 

McIlroy explained: "I think it was a bit of a mistake on my part because I now realise that not everyone is in my position or in Tiger Woods' position.

"We all turn professionals to make a living playing the sports that we do, and I think that's what I realised over the last two years.

"I've gone through the last two years with this altruistic approach where I've looked at the world the way I've wanted to see it.

"Ultimately, you can say what you want, but at the end of the day, you're not going to be able to change people;s minds. You're never going to make them decide based on what you say.

"I wouldn't say I've lost the fight against LIV, but I've just accepted the fact that this is part of our sport now."

The aforementioned Koepka has a knack for posting some interesting memes when big golf news breaks. 

Not one to break the streak, the American simply posted:

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