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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement ahead of the Travelers Championship that they cannot compete financially with the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Series.

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PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement ahead of the Travelers Championship that they cannot compete financially with the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Series.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement ahead of the Travelers Championship that they cannot compete financially with the Saudi-backed LIV Invitational Series.

Four-time Major winner Brooks Koepka has been confirmed as the youngest notable player to leave the PGA Tour and join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.

The former World No. 1 had already retired from this week’s PGA Tour Travelers Championship in Connecticut and will next compete in the second event of the LIV series of the season in Oregon on June 30.

He follows Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson in joining the Breakaway series.

“One cannot underestimate the impact Brooks Koepka has had on the game of golf over the past five years,” said Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf.

“He carries a championship pedigree and a track record as one of the most elite players in the world.

“The addition of Brooks is another example of the incredible fields that LIV Golf is putting together as we gain momentum in our first season and look to the future.”

Former world number one Rory McIlroy said he was surprised by Brooks Koepka's decision to compete in the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Invitational Series.

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Former world number one Rory McIlroy said he was surprised by Brooks Koepka’s decision to compete in the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Invitational Series.

Former world number one Rory McIlroy said he was surprised by Brooks Koepka’s decision to compete in the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Invitational Series.

Former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy says he was surprised by the “doubtful” behavior of some golfers who switched to the LIV series.

The PGA Tour has announced plans to compete with the LIV series, which includes prize money increases beginning in 2024 and a lucrative Fall Series.

He also confirmed the creation of a series of up to three international events to be played upon the conclusion of the fall schedule for the FedEx Cup’s top 50 players.

The tournaments should rotate worldwide and – like the tournaments of LIV – have no cut.

The Genesis Invitational, Bay Hill Invitational, World Match Play, Memorial, Fed Ex St. Jude and BMW Championship will all be worth $20 million, while the Players Championship will cost up to $25 million becomes.

The regular season is also set to be moved to January-August, as opposed to the current September-August format.

In unveiling the upcoming changes, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan admitted they cannot compete financially with the LIV series, but predicted the Tour would come out stronger “due to the loyalty and support of players and fans.”

“I’m not naive. If this is an arms race and the only weapons are dollar bills, the PGA Tour cannot compete with a foreign monarchy that spends billions of dollars to buy the game of golf.

“We embrace good healthy competition, the LIV series is not. It’s an irrational threat, one that doesn’t care about the game’s ROI or true growth. Currently no organization owns or dominates the game of golf, rather the various entities work together to meet our respective priorities but in the best interests of the game.

“But when someone tries to buy the sport and dismantle the institutions that are inherently invested in growth and focused only on a personal priority, that partnership evades its personal purpose, which may or may not change tomorrow or the day after Not. I doubt that’s the vision any of us have for the game.

Matt Fitzpatrick says he received a congratulatory call from Jack Nicklaus after winning the US Open at Brookline.

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Matt Fitzpatrick says he received a congratulatory call from Jack Nicklaus after winning the US Open at Brookline.

Matt Fitzpatrick says he received a congratulatory call from Jack Nicklaus after winning the US Open at Brookline.

“My assessment of the situation is that this environment is troubling and players want to ensure their tour is doing everything it can to grow and develop in the way that has brought us to this point.

“We must continue to be the ultimate platform for the best players in the world – a place where they want to compete against each other in preparation for the biggest championships in our game. The best compete against the best in historical locations with traditions, meaning and purpose.

“We continue on our journey and are excited about what we announced today and more exciting news to come. We will do this as a tour, as a collective and as a group of members who are absolutely behind their tour.”

Earlier this month, it was announced that all players involved in the LIV series would be indefinitely suspended from the PGA Tour.

As Koepka leaves, world No. 4 Collin Morikawa and two-time Major winner Justin Thomas have both denied they will follow.

Morikawa says he’s “here to stay on the PGA Tour,” while Thomas, who is out of the Travelers Championship through injury, tweeted, “Before the rumors do the rounds, I’ve decided that WD will treat my back and rest it, which I tweaked earlier this week.

“Just making sure I take care of it and am ready for the rest of the PGA season as planned. I hate missing out on one of the best/my favorite events @TravelersChamp!”

How Koepka changed his tune

Koepka was asked before last week’s US Open if he defected and gave an irritated response as to why he appeared to have decided to remain on the PGA Tour. He said: “Until now there was no other option, so where else do you want to go?”

When the reporter pointed out that the LIV events had started, Koepka added, “Since last week. That’s it. I didn’t play last week.”

Brooks Koepka was frustrated by the questions he faced during his US Open press conference, saying journalists are

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Brooks Koepka was frustrated by the questions he faced during his US Open press conference, saying journalists are “casting a dark cloud” over the competition.

Brooks Koepka was frustrated by the questions he faced during his US Open press conference, saying journalists are “casting a dark cloud” over the competition.

He added: “I’m here. I’m here at the US Open. I’m ready to play the US Open and I think it kind of sucks too, you’re all throwing this black cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you keep doing this.

“The more legs you give him, the more you talk about it.”

The total prize fund for the first eight LIV events is £200m, with Charl Schwartzel winning £3.86m when he won the first 54-hole competition at Centurion Club – almost three times what he earned for his huge success at the Masters year 2011 .

The LIV Golf Controversy: Explained

LIV Golf Series players have repeatedly been grilled in press conferences about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and whether they compete in the league purely for financial reasons.

The breakaway series is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) – the owners of Newcastle United – and involves huge sums of money for the rivals.

No official World Golf Ranking points will be awarded for LIV events, although CEO Greg Norman says a request to change will be made.

The inaugural event took place at the Centurion Club last week, with former Major winners Dustin Johnson and Phi Mickelson among the 48-man field, with seven more tournaments planned in the coming months.

Portland’s Pumpkin Ridge GC June 30-July 2 and Trump National Golf Club Bedminster July 29-31 are the next two venues. Further tournaments in the USA will take place in Boston from September 2nd to 4th and in Chicago from September 16th. 18

Bangkok’s Stonehill Golf Club will host October 7-9 and Royal Greens Golf Club – the home of the Saudi International in recent years – hosts the following week, with the season-ending teams’ championship being held at Trump National Doral Miami from October will be 27-30.

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