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The PGA Tour plans to revise the schedule as Brooks Koepka joins the LIV Golf series | Golf News

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

The PGA Tour plans to increase purses at several marquee events and revise its schedule, with Brooks Koepka expected to compete in 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 becomes the latest big name in the controversial series after Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson and has withdrawn from Thursday’s PGA Tour event, the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

LIV also announced on Tuesday that world No. 20 Abraham Ancer has also joined LIV and will play in next week’s event, but world No. 4 Collin Morikawa has denied talk that he will follow.

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.”

World number six Patrick Cantlay was asked about his thoughts on departures to the LIV series and expressed his concerns about the division in golf. He said: “I think everyone really wants to play against the best players in the world.

“Anytime there’s a potential break in the sport, I don’t think it’s good for the sport. You don’t see it in any of the other major sports. In general, all talent is in one tour or league. So, yeah, I think it’s definitely a real problem.”

Harris English and Patrick Cantlay both say Brooks Koepka would be a huge loss to the PGA Tour as the American joins the LIV Golf Series.

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Harris English and Patrick Cantlay both say Brooks Koepka would be a huge loss to the PGA Tour as the American joins the LIV Golf Series.

Harris English and Patrick Cantlay both say Brooks Koepka would be a huge loss to the PGA Tour as the American joins the LIV Golf Series.

Specifically asked if Koepka isn’t playing in the Travelers Championship now – which is Live on Sky Sports from Thursday – Harris English said: “Yeah, it sucks Brooks isn’t playing. I thought he was on the field weeks ago and obviously it sucks to lose such a top player. You want to play against some of the best guys in the world play world.

“I love the PGA Tour. I’ve dreamed of being on the PGA Tour since I was a kid. This is my 11th year out here. I still pinch myself every day that I’m playing against the best on the PGA Tour Players in the world. So I’m enjoying it out here.”

The PGA Tour revamp includes $20 million in prizes

The PGA Tour will announce plans to compete with the burgeoning LIV Golf Invitational Series.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has reportedly unveiled plans to increase the regular-season limited-field event prize pool to at least $20 million and a new, lucrative fall plan for the top 50 finishers in the FedEx Set cup score.

These new tournaments would rotate sites around the world and – like LIV’s tournaments – would have no cut.

Monahan is scheduled to speak to the media at the TPC River Highlands on Wednesday, with the tournament starting on Thursday.

  • Up to four global tented events in the fall
  • Increased money and limited fields in existing events
  • Expanding relationship with DP World Tour
  • Zero tolerance for rebel players

Fitzpatrick: I’m not worried about LIV series

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.”

How Koepka changed his attitude towards LIV

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

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.”

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.”

World No. 20 Abraham Ancer has joined the LIV series

World No. 20 Abraham Ancer has joined the LIV 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, the debate continues as to whether the number of PGA Tour graduates is beginning to increase

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

After Charl Schwartzel wins the first opener of the LIV Tour, the debate continues as to whether the number of PGA Tour graduates is beginning 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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