He isn’t the first and very likely he won’t be the last.
Turbulent times continue for the PGA Tour.
Now another pro-golfer jumped ship from the PGA Tour for greener greens. And you won’t believe who it is.
According to The Telegraph of the United Kingdom, four-time major champion pro golfer Brooks Koepka will enlist with the controversial Saudi-backed tour, where he will join Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, and other stars of the game who have already made the move.
Koepka recently canned the PGA Tour from his social media platforms and is expected to play in the next LIV Golf event.
Unlike rivals DeChambeau and Johnson, Koepka is, at age 32, a big get for LIV Golf because he’s in the prime of his career.
Other professional players who have joined LIV are over 40.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan held a mandatory player meeting to discuss a condensed fall schedule with much larger purses.
Koepka, while not at the meeting, is still in the field for the Travelers.
ESPN reports that a new schedule could be approved for 2023 that will include “increased purses worth at least $20 million in at least eight existing marquee events” in addition to three new events with purses of at least $25 million that would be similar to LIV Golf events – smaller fields and no cuts.
Koepka’s younger brother Chase has been fighting to earn his PGA Tour card for status to play on that tour and is already an LIV member after having played in its inaugural event.
Koepka is set for an LIV debut at the new league’s U.S. match at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, on June 30.
He will have company as other famous golfers are also set to join him in the LIV.
Abraham Ancer is 20th ranked and is also leaving the PGA Tour.
Eight of the top 50 PGA players are now members of the LIV.
Earlier this month, the PGA Tour suspended 17 players who had announced their participation in the Saudi-backed league.
During last week’s Open, Koepka criticized reporters who were asking questions about LIV, saying it was casting a “black cloud’’ over the major.
Koepka said, “I don’t understand, I’m trying to focus on the U.S. Open, man. I legitimately don’t get it. I’m tired of the conversations. I’m tired of all this stuff. I’m here at the U.S. Open, I’m ready to play the U.S. Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the U.S. Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give it, the more you keep talking about it.”
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.