Former world number one Brooks Koepka has joined the lucrative LIV Golf Invitational Series and the four-time champion will play in his second event in Portland, the Saudi-backed independent league said on Wednesday.
Koepka has joined a roster of top players, including six-time Major champion Phil Mickelson, former world number one Dustin Johnson and former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who have joined LIV Golf. “The impact Brooks Koepka has had on golf over the past five years cannot be underestimated. He has a champion pedigree and a track record of success as one of the most elite players in the worldsaid Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf. “The arrival of Brooks is another example of the incredible teams LIV Golf is building, as we are on track for our first season and look to the future.»
The PGA Tour — on which American Koepka has won eight titles — has suspended members who signed up to play with LIV Golf and said others who follow suit will suffer the same fate. The LIV Series will play its first U.S. tournament in Portland, Oregon, June 30-July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, concurrent with the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. When Koepka was asked about LIV Golf at the US Open last week, the 32-year-old slammed the media for their constant questions on the subject, saying they only served to cast a “black cloudon the third major of the year. Funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), LIV Golf staged its first event in London this month, won by South African Charl Schwartzel, who pocketed the $4 million prize – the biggest check in the history of golf. Koepka’s younger brother, Chase, also participated in the inaugural event, where the golfer came last to pocket $120,000.