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‘He can think whatever he wants’ – Brooks Koepka responds to McIlroy’s duplicitous claim

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From popular four-time major winner to “full villain”, Brooks Koepka has certainly not held back with his view on moving full-time to the LIV Tour.

At the US Open, he lambasted reporters for asking questions about the league, saying he simply wanted to concentrate on his golf at Brookline, and yet soon after he deleted any connection to the PGA Tour from his Twitter account, prompting Rory McIlroy to call the group of rebels “duplicitous.”

Following yesterday’s LIV press conference, social media, and Twitter in particular, has gone haywire.

No Laying Up reports on the Koepka’s comment, “You guys will never believe me, but we never even had the conversation (on LIV) until after the U.S. Open,”  and questions, “So the conversation *began* on Monday, June 20, and his twitter profile was scrubbed the same day?”

Why has Koepka agreed to join the LIV series as opposed to staying with the PGA Tour?

“Having more breaks, having … more time at home to make sure I’m 100% before I go play an event. I don’t feel like I’m forced to play right away.”

As one Twitter user pointed out, Brooks has “played 10 days of golf in three months.”

As for his response to Rory’s comments, Koepka does show some respect for play of the recent Canadian Open champion, if not his views.

“Look, I got respect for Rory as a player. He’s good. He’s phenomenal. I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t see it (the “duplicitous” comment). I didn’t hear about it until basically like a day ago.

So, look, he’s entitled to his opinion. He can think whatever he wants. He’s going to do what’s best for him and his family, I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family and can’t hate on anybody for that, and like I said, opinions change.”

Bob Irving, the ‘voice of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ wasn’t shy in giving his view on the presser:  

“Just watched the LIV pressers with Perez, Reed, Koepka, who basically all said they’re glad they don’t have to COMPETE for their money anymore because so many millions are GUARANTEED by the Saudis. What a bunch of losers.”

The second LIV event starts tomorrow at Pumpkin Bridge, Portland opposite the John Deere Classic and Irish Open, and the controversy looks as if it’s not going to die down quite yet.
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  1. Chuck

    Jul 1, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Has Brooks Koepka ever used “duplicitous” in a complete sentence?

  2. Kurt

    Jun 30, 2022 at 8:38 am

    The Euro tour has been playing in Saudi for years and the Ladies Why the outrage for this blood money now? Please explain for us like we’re 5 years old.

    • Big Baby

      Jul 2, 2022 at 10:56 am

      I don’t think its hard to see the difference between a couple of events and the actual government of a country trying to buy a sport to attempt to clean their image.

      What would your opinion be if Russia decided it wanted to “Buy” American football? And pay Tom Brady 400 million a year to play for the Moscow Buccaneers and 300 million to Mahomes to play for the Sochi Chiefs…

  3. Brandon

    Jun 29, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    Mike Trout could get hurt tomorrow, never play again, and still get paid 37 million dollars a year until 2030. If other athletes have guaranteed contracts regardless of performance, there is no reason golfers shouldn’t as well. And if you think the billionaire business men that own professional sports teams that pay all these other pro athletes aren’t in bed with the Saudis and the Chinese you are fooling yourself.

    • tom

      Jun 29, 2022 at 10:42 pm

      Give a specific example of an “in bed” with the Saudis……………………… I’m waiting

    • Big Baby

      Jul 2, 2022 at 10:58 am

      Because golf has always been that way. You earn what you win. Otherwise, it’s an exhibition.

  4. Voodoo

    Jun 29, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Looks like Karma caught up with Little Lord McIlroy. I bet Karma isn’t finished.

  5. Chuck

    Jun 29, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    Wow, 54 Golf has such a bright future in public relations, with its small handful of leading players and most of its upper management all regularly expressing contempt for the golfing press and the media in general.

  6. Tom Kay

    Jun 29, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I was on the fence about the LIV before the Bob Irving tweet.

  7. Used to like Golfwrx

    Jun 29, 2022 at 4:02 pm

    No one gives two flying eff’s about Bob Irving or what he has to say. Calling people losers when the majority of people who read this are gonna say “Bob who?”

    Golfwrx writers better hope LIV doesn’t burn out soon or they’ll all be out of a job and not able to produce such fascinating content as Bob Irving tweets……..

    • Bob McSuckerson

      Jun 29, 2022 at 7:59 pm

      Who the heck are the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.. Talk about a nobody cares subpar football league. What a joke.

    • TCJ

      Jun 29, 2022 at 8:46 pm

      Never in a million years did I think I would see the likes of Bob Irving or the Winnipeg Blue Bombers grace the fine reporting of GolfWRX. Mr. Daniels must of scoured the internet hard to find such a sweet burn from a man who broadcasts CFL football on the radio, a definitive figure in the golfing world no doubt!

  8. Mike

    Jun 29, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Love all the self-righteous trollers. Let’s see, hmm, I’m a working man, & if someone offers me much more money to do what I like to do with a lighter schedule, I’d have more time with my family & more money to do things. That decision would take me about 5 milliseconds to make.

    I wonder how the reaction would be if someone like George Soros was funding this new league and not Greg Norman & the Saudis. Would we still see all the negativity? If you can, put aside who’s funding LIV for a moment & understand why the PGA is shaking in its boots. Potentially, a ton of the top stars could defect. So we’d ended up having events such as this week’s John Deere classic (I read that there’s no one in the top 50 playing). Wow, that’s must-see TV; pretty soon the networks are going to start asking for some money back without big names on the PGA tour.

    I’m hoping that things can be somehow worked out between the two tours. But there’s so much money involved and, money changes everything.

  9. Golfwrx Blows Anymore

    Jun 29, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    This website is quickly turning into a teenage gossip site. You screenshot any tweet that will shit on LIV or it’s players and post it here like it’s supposed to mean something. Literally no one gives two F’s what Bob Irving has to say. I mean, who? How is a hockey announcer relevant to any of this? It’s not, but you moronic “journalists” think it’s worth posting because he’s on your side about LIV.

    If the PGA Tour & slime ball Jay Monahan weren’t so against it neither would golf media. Glad to see you’re all so easily twisted by the tours grey haired commish.

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Report: Cam Smith set for LIV debut in Boston after accepting mega sign-on fee

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In the moments after Cameron Smith won his first major championship at St. Andrews, he was immediately asked about rumors that he may be interested in joining LIV Golf.

Smith didn’t deny his interest in joining LIV, which caused speculation to run rampant in the days following the Open Championship.

“I just won the British Open and you’re asking about that? I think that’s pretty not that good,” Smith said.

Less than a month after he hoisted the Claret Jug on the sacred ground of the Old Course, the Champion Golfer of the Year is now LIV bound.

According to The Telegraph, the number two ranked player in the world has signed a deal worth north of $100 million.

The Australian will also still have a chance to win the FedEx Cup prior to joining LIV.

“A formal announcement is not expected until the three-week FedEx Cup play-off series has finished,” the report states.

Smith currently ranks second in the FedEx Cup standings; therefore, he has a realistic chance at making a run at the FedEx Cup and the $18 million that comes with it before teeing it up at LIV Boston, where he will reportedly make his LIV debut, after the PGA TOUR season ends.

Asked to comment on the Telegraph’s report at his Tuesday presser at the Northern Trust, Smith stated: “My goal here is to win the FedExCup Playoffs,” before adding that he has “no comment” on the report.

Many of the players who’ve left the PGA TOUR for LIV Golf have been shrugged off due to age or a declining skill set. Smith is an elite talent in the prime of his career and the most recent major champion.

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‘They’re gone’ – Aussie pro says Cam Smith and fellow countryman have joined LIV

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Despite no LIV events being on this week, the breakaway tour continues to make headlines.

According to Australian golfer Cameron Percy, both Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman have now signed contracts to join LIV Golf.

In an interview with RSN radio, which is a station based in Australia, Percy claimed that both of the Australian star’s departure from the PGA TOUR is a done deal.

It’s been rumored since the Open Championship that the winner of the Claret Jug, Cameron Smith would be joining LIV for somewhere around $110-125 million.

Percy also mentioned that Adam Scott could be joining as well. It’s likely that LIV would be looking to make an Australian team built around Smith, Scott and Leishman.

“Unfortunate, yeah, they’re gone (Smith, Leishman)” Percy said.

“I had a long conversation with Adam Scott and he was very interesting talking to about it, just where it is. He said he met with these guys (LIV) in 2017 (and) they were ready (to) do all this. So, the Tour has known for a long time that this stuff’s in the works.

“The more and more you look into it, some people don’t care, some people have got a conscience and do care.

“It really comes down to, you know, they just executed 80 people this week, just chopped their heads off. They’re not the nicest people in the world.

“Do you just look past that and go, ‘Oh well, I’m rich I don’t really care’. It’s a tough one, it really is.”

With all indications appearing as if the Champion Golfer of the Year has left the PGA TOUR for LIV, there is no doubt he is the most consequential addition for Greg Norman thus far.

The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and is ranked number two in both the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup standings.

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PGA Tour accuses LIV rebels filing a lawsuit to play FedEx Cup of ‘fabricating an emergency’

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The ‘LIV 11’ lawsuit was always going to make public the internal rows and wrangling between players, organizers and the various tours.

Amongst the 11, three players – Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford – are seeking a TRO (temporary restraining order) in order to be able to play the FedEx Cup events, starting on Thursday.

As reported last week, the complaint from the LIV players alleges that being denied access to the FedEx Cup Playoffs not only would prevent Gooch, Swafford and Jones from playing in those events but “also cripples their chances of qualifying for both the Majors and the Tour’s premier invitationals in future seasons. The punishment that would accrue to these players from not being able to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs is substantial and irreparable, and a temporary restraining order is needed to prevent the irreparable harm that would ensue were they not to be able to participate.”

The PGA Tour yesterday issued its response to the accusation, the 30-plus page document stating that “the TRO plaintiffs waited nearly two months to seek relief from the court, “fabricating an emergency they now maintain requires immediate action.”

The PGA Tour continues:

“Despite knowing full well that they would breach Tour Regulations and be suspended for doing so, plaintiffs have joined competing golf league LIV Golf, which has paid them tens and hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to procure their breaches. TRO plaintiffs now run into court seeking a mandatory injunction to force their way into the Tour’s season-ending FedExCup Playoffs, an action that would harm all Tour members that follow the rules. The antitrust laws do not allow Plaintiffs to have their cake and eat it too.”

The tour uses several statements from the plaintiffs in its defence.

When asked if he knew the tour would ban him from the tour for playing without a conflicting event-release, Jones said, “you’ve got to expect” it and acknowledged the possibility of never playing on the PGA Tour again after his suspension. “I did come to this [LIV] series and this tournament with the understanding that could be the case.”

The tour also argues against Gooch’s statement at the Open Championship that he only intended to play a single LIV event before getting suspended, the tour believing that he was intending to play more than the inaugural event at the Centurion Club.

Alongside those objections, the PGA Tour object to the accusation of pressuring sponsors to cancel existing deals with LIV players, that it enlisted the more experienced players, such as Tiger Woods, to intimidate players from joining, and that it colluded with the DP World Tour in its reaction to the defections.

The document ends, “For the foregoing reasons, the PGA Tour respectfully requests that the court deny TRO.”

Elliot Peters of Keker, Van Nest & Peters, representing the PGA Tour, confirmed the stance being taken by the leading tour.

“The players’ participation in the LIV league is in violation of the PGA Tour’s Handbook and Tournament Regulations,” he stated.

“For enormous sums of cash supplied by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, Plaintiffs willfully breached their agreements with the PGA Tour. The players’ purported harm is entirely self-induced. We will litigate this case vigorously to preserve the reputation of the PGA Tour and protect the benefits it offers to players.”

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