Brooks Koepka will become the latest star golfer to leave the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf Series, sources confirm


Brooks Koepka will become the latest star golfer to leave the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf Series, sources confirm

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is the youngest golfer to transfer from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Koepka, 32, is one of the highest profile players to join the breakaway circuit, funded by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and led by two-time Open winner Greg Norman.

LIV Golf is expected to announce the addition of Koepka in the coming days, sources have confirmed. Koepka, who is ranked 19th in the official world golf rankings, is scheduled to compete in the inaugural LIV golf event in the United States at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon beginning June 30.

Koepka’s imminent departure from the PGA Tour was first reported by the Telegraph of London on Tuesday.

A source confirmed that Abraham Ancer, ranked No. 20 in the world, is also leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf. Later on Tuesday, world No. 4 Collin Morikawa denied rumors he was also planning to join LIV Golf, tweeting that he is “here to stay on the PGA Tour” and “nothing has changed”.

LIV Golf has now signed eight of the top 50 players in the world; Bryson DeChambeau (No. 30) and Patrick Reed (No. 38) are also expected to compete at the Portland event.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan suspended 17 players, including two-time Major winner Dustin Johnson and six-time Major winner Phil Mickelson, for attending LIV Golf’s inaugural event outside of London two weeks ago. Monahan had said tour players who participate in future LIV golf tournaments without a conflicting event disclosure would face similar penalties.

Monahan meets with players Tuesday morning at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. The PGA Tour Players’ Advisory Board also met on Tuesday.

Koepka, who is 84th in the FedEx Cup standings, remained in the field for the Travelers Championship despite not attending the TPC River Highlands meet.

Monahan is scheduled to speak to the media on Wednesday.

In 2019, Koepka became the first player in history to record back-to-back wins in two major championships at the same time. He won the 2017-18 US Open and the 2018-19 PGA Championship.

Koepka joins his longtime friend Johnson and brother Chase Koepka who also attended the LIV event in London.

Koepka was world No. 1 for 47 weeks but has been plagued by back, hip and wrist injuries in recent months. Koepka has two top-10s in 15 starts but hasn’t performed well in the first three majors this season. He missed the cut at the Masters, tied for 55th at the PGA Championship and finished 55th at last week’s US Open at The Country Club outside of Boston.

Koepka last week criticized reporters for throwing a “black cloud” over the US Open with questions about LIV Golf.

“I’m here at the US Open,” he said. “I’m ready to play the US Open and I also kinda suck that you all throw that black cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give [LIV Golf]the more you talk about it.”

Ancer, a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, played in Oklahoma. His first and only win on the PGA Tour came in August at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis. He’s also finished in the top 10 at each of the last two PGA Championships, including a tie for ninth place at Southern Hills last month.

Ancer withdrew from the US Open at the last minute due to illness. He is not on duty for the travelers.

Ancer was one of the bright spots for the international team at the 2019 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia. He had a 3-1-1 record, with his only loss to Tiger Woods in a singles game.

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