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Brooks Koepka Joins LIV Golf Series; Matt Fitzpatrick and Collin Morikawa show commitment to the PGA Tour | Golf News

Brooks Koepka joins a Saudi-backed series; Koepka has removed all references to the PGA Tour from his social media; Koepka plays the second LIV event next week; Collin Morikawa says he’s “here to stay on the PGA Tour”. US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick ‘unaffected’ by defectors

Last updated: 6/21/22 5:38 p.m

Brooks Koepka is the latest high profile player to join the LIV Golf series

Brooks Koepka is the latest high profile player to join the LIV Golf series

Brooks Koepka will leave the PGA Tour and join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.

Sky sports news understands that the four-time grand prize winner – who has removed all references to the PGA Tour from his social media profiles – will be hitting the second event in Portland next week.

The 32-year-old is set to become the latest big name in the controversial series after Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, but world No. 4 Collin Morikawa has denied talk that he will be next to follow in their footsteps.

The two-time Major winner and defending Open champion tweeted on Tuesday: “To reiterate you are all absolutely wrong. I’ve been saying it since February on the Riviera I’m here to stay on court @PGATOUR and nothing has changed.”

Newly-crowned US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick has also reaffirmed his commitment to the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, saying he’s “not really concerned” about the current list of defectors.

“I think whenever you have Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy – I saw Collin Morikawas come out and made a statement today – Scottie Scheffler, I have a feeling you have some great players there,” Fitzpatrick said.

“To me they are more than good enough to rival any competing tour that might be trying to conquer golf. I’m not really worried about that.

Matt Fitzpatrick was left speechless after capturing his first major title with a sensational win at the US Open.

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Matt Fitzpatrick was left speechless after capturing his first major title with a sensational win at the US Open.

Matt Fitzpatrick was left speechless after capturing his first major title with a sensational win at the US Open.

“I know the PGA Tour isn’t going anywhere, the DP World Tour isn’t going anywhere, and I think the most important thing for me is that I have a place to play and I want to play there.

“I don’t think the tour is going anywhere and as long as they have the support of Tiger Woods and Rory, Justin Thomas, I don’t think there will be any problems.”

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?”

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

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

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

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.”

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.”

Sky sports news expects world No. 20 Mexico’s Abraham Ancer to also join the LIV series.

Abraham Ancer looks set to be the next golfer to join the LIV Golf series

Abraham Ancer looks set to be the next golfer to join the LIV Golf series

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

A confirmation letter sent by Commissioner Jay Monahan to members of the PGA Tour shortly after the start of the LIV golf tournament at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire on 9 June.

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 .

After Charl Schwartzel wins the first opener of the LIV Tour, debate continues as to whether the number of PGA Tour graduates will begin to increase.

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After Charl Schwartzel wins the first opener of the LIV Tour, debate continues as to whether the number of PGA Tour graduates will begin to increase.

After Charl Schwartzel wins the first opener of the LIV Tour, debate continues as to whether the number of PGA Tour graduates will begin to increase.

Schwartzel and runner-up Henni Du Plessis were both part of Stinger GC, who won the team competition along with Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen, with the quartet all receiving an additional $750,000 share of the team’s $3 million first prize received dollars.

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.

Paul McGinley used Mo Salah and the Premier League to explain how the LIV Golf Series differs from the structure and organization of the PGA and DP World Tour.

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Paul McGinley used Mo Salah and the Premier League to explain how the LIV Golf Series differs from the structure and organization of the PGA and DP World Tour.

Paul McGinley used Mo Salah and the Premier League to explain how the LIV Golf Series differs from the structure and organization of the PGA and DP World Tour.

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.

There was mixed reaction to the LIV Golf Series from fans at the US Open in Brookline.

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There was mixed reaction to the LIV Golf Series from fans at the US Open in Brookline.

There was mixed reaction to the LIV Golf Series from fans at the US Open in Brookline.

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 venue for 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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