Brooks Koepka subtly daggers LIV Golf supremo Greg Norman after US PGA win

Brooks Koepka made a subtle dig towards the LIV Golf CEO after his PGA Championship win Sunday. 

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Mon, 22 May 2023
Brooks Koepka subtly daggers LIV Golf supremo Greg Norman after US PGA win

Brooks Koepka may have slightly shaded LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman Sunday after he won the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. 

The 33-year-old shot a final-round 3-under 67 in Rochester, New York to claim his fifth major title by two strokes over Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler

It was the first time in four years that the American won a major, his last one being the 2019 PGA Championship that was held at Bethpage Black.

Koepka has been solid all year as he finally returned to full health after years of nagging injuries that kept him from seriously contending. 

During the midst of his injuries, Koepka left the PGA Tour and signed with Norman's rival LIV Golf series. 

He quickly became the league's first two-time winner after he claimed his second victory in Orlando earlier this season. 

He then went on to be the low-LIV player at The Masters last month alongside Phil Mickelson as the pair finished runner-up to the PGA Tour's Jon Rahm

This week, Koepka didn't let the tournament slip away to claim his third PGA Championship title. 

He also became the first LIV Golf player to win a major championship since joining the rival series. 

Norman, unsurprisingly, congratulated his star player following Sunday's final round, tweeting:

"Congrats @BKoepka your comeback has been impressive. I am so proud of you."

He then went on to congratulate the rest of the LIV Golf contingent at the tournament:  

As for Koepka, however, he said he had not yet spoken to the LIV Golf CEO during his winner's press conference:

“I called my wife, and that's it,” he told reporters after being asked if he'd heard from the LIV boss, adding:

“That's the only person I'm really interested in talking to. I texted -- my boys are here, and I'm just hanging with them and talking to my wife, and I can feel my phone buzzing even as we're talking right now. Last I looked, I think there was 600 text messages. I'll go through them.”

Koepka admitted that his victory was an important achievement for the new LIV Golf league, but he was also adamant that he's focusing on what it means to him as an individual:

“Yeah, I definitely think it helps LIV, but I'm more interested in my own self right now, to be honest with you.
"Yeah, it's a huge thing for LIV, but at the same time I'm out here competing as an individual at the PGA Championship. I'm just happy to take this home for the third time.
"I think I was the first guy to win two LIV events. To win a major is always a big deal no matter where you're playing.
"All it does, I just think, I guess, validates it for myself. I guess maybe if anybody doubted it from Augusta or whatever, any doubts anybody on TV might have or whatever, I'm back, I'm here.”

Koepka and the rest of LIV Golf will now head to Washington, D.C., for the league's seventh event of the 2023 season. 

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