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Brooks Koepka claims he made his decision to join LIV…after the US Open

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During his pre-tournament press conference prior to LIV Golf series’ second event at Pumpkin Ridge, Brooks Koepka faced some tough questioning from the media.

Koepka was extremely evasive throughout the media session. At one point, Kopeka said “Just my opinion, man,” when he was asked why his allegiance flipped from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf.

Back in February, Koepka seemed quite certain about his interest in remaining with the PGA Tour.

“It’s been pretty clear for a long time now that I’m with the PGA Tour, it’s where I’m staying,” Koepka said during the Waste Management Phoenix Open. “I’m very happy. I think they do things the right way, people I want to do business with.”

Later that month when asked for his thoughts on LIV, he said: “Everyone talks about money. They’ve got enough of it. I don’t see it backing down. They can just double up and they’ll figure it out. They’ll get their guys. Somebody will sell out and go to it.”

Then, two weeks ago at the U.S. Open, Brooks was asked about the speculation that he was indeed going to join LIV Golf and leave the PGA Tour.

Koepka was miffed by the questions, and accused reporters of putting a “black cloud” over the championship.

On Tuesday, the four-time major champion claimed that he hadn’t even begun having conversations with LIV Golf until after the U.S. Open.

“You guys will never believe me, but we didn’t have the conversation [with LIV] ‘til everything was done at the U.S. Open and figured it out and just said I was going to go one way or another. Here I am.”

In terms of his reasoning for making the jump, Koepka cited being able to spend more time at home.

“You’re not doing a month on the road anymore,” Koepka said. “You know, life does go on even though when we’re not playing golf. So being away from home for a month. I don’t have any kids that I know about. So being at home is not really a thing for me, but life does go on. And like there’s some things we miss at home, being friends, family, a lot of birthdays. It would just be nice to be home a little bit more.”

The 32-year-old also said he wasn’t worried about his ability to participate in future major championships.

“You play anywhere around the world, you’ll be just fine, you’ll get into them,” Koepka said. “I made a decision. I’m happy with it, and whatever comes of it, I’ll live with it.”

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6-time Euro Tour champ says Patrick Cantlay ‘should be nailed with a huge fine’ over Genesis incident

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During Thursday’s opening round of the Genesis Invitational, PGA Tour star Patrick Cantlay received some criticism for not yelling “fore” on a handful of his wayward shots on the back nine at Riviera Country Club.

Among the critics was former professional golfer, Tony Johnstone.

One X user replied to Johnstone, to which Tony opined that Cantlay should be fined.

He also accused Cantlay of “narcissism” for not feeling the need to warn spectators.

In recent years, players such as Bryson DeCheambeau have taken a lot of heat for not yelling “fore” when the situation dictates it. It appears Cantlay may be the next player under the microscope for the same offense.

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LET star becomes latest sportsperson to announce OnlyFans partnership

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Ladies European Tour player Amy Boulden took to social media to announce that she is partnering with OnlyFans.

 

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“Collaborating with OnlyFans gives me the opportunity to connect directly with fans and bring my followers on the journey with me as I compete around the world,” Boulden said when announcing the launch.

“OnlyFans is revolutionising the way we use social media, so launching my page on the platform felt like a natural next step for my career.

“With women’s golf continuing to grow in popularity, OnlyFans feels like the perfect platform to showcase the sport globally.”

Boulden has one European Tour win, the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open back in 2020. She is the second professional golfer to partner with OnlyFans, as British golfer Liam O’Neill launched a partnership with the platform last year.

Last year, tennis star Nick Kyrgios became one of the highest-profile sportspeople to join Only Fans in a bid to take fans behind the scenes of his career.

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Report: LIV star prepared to quit breakaway tour ‘if Yasir gets stingy’ in impending contract talks

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In the most recent edition of #AskAlan with Alan Shipnuck of the Firepit Collective, the author of “LIV and Let Die” reported that the Saudi PIF will have to pony up the big bucks once again if LIV wants to keep their biggest stars under contract.

Players such as Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson all received massive signing bonuses to join LIV, but those contracts will begin to run out after the 2024 and 2025 season, meaning they’ll need to be re-signed.

“The slow-playing can’t last forever—we will know in the next couple of months whether the framework agreement winds up in the recycling bin or if the PIF will invest a few billion dollars into PGA Tour Enterprises to buy its way into the golf establishment.”

“The time horizon that matters is four years, which is the length of the contracts of LIV’s biggest names. We’re now in year three.

“The future of LIV will come down to the negotiations and machinations between Yasir Al-Rumayyan and the tour’s best players, beginning this coming off-season.”

“LIV has done a remarkable job keeping it in-house but there is plenty of disenchantment among the players at the heavy-handed and often chaotic way the PIF runs the tour, with much of the decision-making filtered through the white-shoe law firm of Gibson Dunn; professional sports is very different from the oil business and courtroom litigation. But money can buy happiness, or at least acquiescence.”

“Someone close to one of LIV’s marquee attractions recently said this to me about the impending contract negotiations: ‘Will he stay? If they offer him the same money as last time around, absof—inglutely. But if Yasir gets stingy, he’s gone.”

Time will tell if Yasir Al-Rumayyan will continue to open the checkbook for some of world’s top professional golfers.

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