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Brooks Koepka would probably like to wipe his previous LIV rant from the face of Earth

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Having blasted reporters at the US Open press conference for continually asking about the LIV Golf Series, Brooks Koepka yesterday jumped ship from the PGA Tour.

Just a week ago, Koepka hit out at the media coverage, saying:

“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.”

He continued, “I’m here at the US 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.”

At Riviera in 2020, however, Koepka commented on the rumblings of a Saudi-backed tour, saying that “money doesn’t matter” and that he just wants “to play against the best.”

“Money doesn’t matter. It’s not something that’s important. I just want to be happy. Money’s not going to make me happy. I just want to play against the best.

If somebody gave me $200 million tomorrow it’s not going to change my life. What am I going to get out of it? I already have [enough money] that I could retire right now, but I don’t want to. I just want to play golf.”

A few injuries later, a set of average results, including a pair of 55th place finishes at the last two majors and, no doubt, several substantial offers have led the world number 19 to accept a place at the LIV Golf Series.

With a reported $100 million-plus being paid to the likes of Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Koepka’s great rival, Bryson DeChambeau, it may be good to see these stars come out, as Peter Uihlein has, and admit it’s all for the money, whether the public thinks that’s right or otherwise.

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  1. Brandon

    Jun 22, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Does anyone know how long the contracts they are signing are for?

  2. Steve

    Jun 22, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    The best thing that happen is after 8 tournaments the LIV gets shut down and these players are forced to play the Allen Ferry Tour to t PGA statues again.

  3. John

    Jun 22, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    The PGA dropped the ball allowing the defectors to play in the US Open. Basically they’ve allowed them to have their cake and eat it, likewise the R&A who just announced the can play in our Open. If there are no repercussions why wouldn’t you take the 30 pieces of silver?

    • John Pretends to Know

      Jun 22, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      PGA doesn’t run the US Open John. PGA doesn’t run the R&A either. And guess what else, PGA doesn’t run the Masters. But please, continue to grind that axe.

      • John Pretends to Know Pretends to Know

        Jun 23, 2022 at 4:38 am

        Not his point, idiot.

    • Nextyear

      Jun 24, 2022 at 9:22 am

      The USGA allowed it this year. The R&A made the same choice.

      Unfortunately for most of the LIV players, they haven’t won at either of those (obviously a couple have) which means that since the LIV Golf events don’t give World Ranking points, they will find it difficult or impossible to qualify.

      Guess they can go through the same route the amateurs who qualify do. Lol.

      Don’t see LIV Golf getting to give World Ranking points without serious pushback, in addition to the fact it is only made up of 54 hole events with no cuts so it is even more difficult.

      Even if it does, once they finally get up to their 14 yearly events how do they get enough points from just 14 events? Give each event pga tour event points, except only 75% of them since it is 18 less holes, seems impossible. Even 100% seems impossible.

      Majors seem like they’ll just drift out of reach for any LIV Golf players that aren’t past champions, and that is presuming they don’t outright ban them (which the USGA said is possible for next year).

      Guess they’ll have made their choice and will cry about it then, despite knowing the qualification requirements for the Majors and that LIV Golf won’t allow them to meet them, which isn’t even as a result of the PGA Tour, just the fact it doesn’t have a format to qualify for world ranking points and even if it did, how few events there are.

      Then again as long as they can sleep well with their big payday coming straight from the profits of the bonesaw factory in Saudi, which is far different than some random sponsor of the Tour having a Saudi investor, I doubt they’ll be too bothered because if they cared about competing they wouldn’t have left the Tour.

  4. ericsokp

    Jun 22, 2022 at 3:00 pm

    I just hope that all of my least favorite players (like Brooks) keep jumping ship for the LIV “Tour” so I won’t have to see or hear their arrogant, petulant, narcissistic ramblings any more!

  5. Tom Deloitte

    Jun 22, 2022 at 7:56 am

    Brooks Koepka is an arrogant tool. The Saudis can have him. Good riddance and thanks for proving what everyone thought about you… hypocrite.

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Freak incident leads LPGA pro to finish round putting with her wedge

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Golf viewers have seen plenty of tantrums on the golf course.

Go back to the likes of John Daly and Jon Rahm for not exactly hiding their frustrations with a bad shot, whilst the list of players throwing or damaging clubs is manifold. Indeed, just five days ago, recordings showed Grayson Murray snapping a club over his knee after a wayward approach at the US Open in Brookline.

It’s a bit more unusual on the womens’ tours, although Brooke Henderson put up a show at the 2018 KPMG PGA Championship when throwing her club on to her bag and snapping it, rendering it impossible to play with.

LPGA player Emma Talley isn’t in that league and usually takes it out on her putter by rapping it against her left foot. On Thursday, however, she damaged her flat stick on the 6th green at Congressional, scene of this season’s KPMG event, some four years after Henderson’s misdemeanour.

The former US Women’s Amateur champion admitted it surprised her, as she hadn’t rapped the club with that much force:

“I hit my putter on my toe, but it wasn’t even that hard. That’s why I’m so upset because I wish I would have broken it out of madness, but it wasn’t even that hard. That’s what sucked.”

TV coverage showed viewers the 28-year-old putting with a wedge from that moment on whilst Todd Garry of the PGA of America explained:

“So, Emma, on the 6th green, missed a short putt and kind of hit her foot with her putter, and she loosened the clubhead. She could continue to use it throughout her round but she decided to use her wedge, so she must replace….she has to get that fixed before starting her round tomorrow, but she could have kept using her putter.”

Coverage then showed Talley in tears after missing a gettable putt on the 8th, her 17th of the day, and finished 6-over, some four shots off the cut line.

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DP World Tour announces sanctions for LIV golfers…including heavy fines

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In a dramatic move by the DP World Tour, all players involved with the LIV Golf Series will be fined and banned from entering the Scottish Open in July.

With the highly-regarded tournament set to take place at the Renaissance Club for the fourth year in succession, many of the top players will have planned to use the event to prepare for The Open Championship, set to have its 150th running at St. Andrews, just a week later.

Whilst the R&A, the organisation with control of the final major, is allowing LIV players into the event, this seems to be a European version of the twists and turns in the United States, where LIV players were welcomed into the PGA Championship but shunned by the PGA Tour.

The DP World Tour will fine members that played at the opening LIV event at the Centurion Club to the tune of £100,000 and suspend all from both the Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship, held from July 7th-10th, and from the Barracuda Championship, taking place as an ‘opposite’ event to what should be a classic final major.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, has not ruled out further action, his statement confirming that participation in further conflicting tournaments without the required release “may incur further sanctions.”

The Scottish Open is an event that has often enticed many of the live candidates for The Open, and can list both Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell as previous winners, the pair now banned from the event because of their participation in the inaugural LIV event.

The 2021 running saw Collin Morikawa finish down the field before coming on from the experience to win the Claret Jug, whilst joint runner-up Matt Fitzpatrick subsequently won the Andalucia Masters and, of course, the recent US Open at Brookline.

Whilst the amount of the fine is peanuts in comparison to the millions that has been offered to the likes of Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, this will go down well with players with the same mindset as Morikawa, Max Homa and Rory McIlroy, all of whom talk of history and tradition.

Indeed, the last-named and recent Canadian Open winner has labelled some of the breakaway players as “duplicitous”, a reference to the talk of ‘loyalty’ to the PGA Tour and a quick backtrack to signing for the Saudi-backed series.

Pelley was clear in his statement made earlier today:

“Every action anyone takes in life comes with a consequence and it is no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That is what has occurred here with several of our members.”

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the bedrock of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation upon which we build the next 50 years.”

Pelley concludes, “Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today.”

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Xander Schauffele reveals why he turned down ‘obnoxious’ LIV money

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Xander Schauffele has been one of stars on the PGA Tour who’s been rumored to be a target of the LIV Golf series.

According to his interview with The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio, he’s been steadfast in turning down the proposals of the Saudi-backed golf league.

“Yeah I’m here,” he said. “I met with Jay, we had a player meeting today. I met with Jay myself yesterday and I see myself right now trying to find a way to keep guys on the Tour versus being one to bail.”

“I’m very happy with what’s going on the Tour for the most part and I feel like there’s enough here. I know we’re competing against a big pot of money that’s sort of never ending, you can strike out a million times but there’s still gonna be on that plate swinging so it’s a hard competitor to go up against but I feel like there’s enough on this Tour and enough talent to make it the best in the world and keep it the best.”

“I’m not the first one to sit here and lie to somebody, the numbers being thrown around are very obnoxious. There are certain numbers that even fans of mine, if they looked at it and sit it they’d tell me I’m an idiot for not going, but right now, I’m 28-years-old, I want to win Major championships, I want to win PGA Tour events, and I really think we can make this product on the PGA Tour, it’s been the best and now there is competition, and we can keep it the best with the talent we have, we just kind of need to unify and keep it together.

“So to any one of my fans, words are words, and actions speak louder than words, and right now my actions are to stay on the tour and you’ll see me out here competing on the PGA Tour circuit.”

Of course, Brooks Koepka and others have said they were staying on the PGA Tour and ended up going to LIV anyway. Some users on Twitter pointed out Schauffele’s careful wording when answering the question.

@ToeTagginTambo pointed out that he used the words “right now” when describing his intentions to stay on the PGA Tour, but Xander has, at the very least, committed his immediate future to the PGA Tour.

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