Koepka: LIV talk casts ‘black cloud’ over Open

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BROOKLINE, Mass. — 4-time main champion Brooks Koepka criticized reporters on Tuesday for asking him questions concerning the rival LIV Golf Invitational Collection, which he stated was casting a “black cloud” over this week’s U.S. Open.

“I am right here on the U.S. Open,” Koepka stated. “I am able to play the U.S. Open, and I feel it sort of sucks, too, you’re all throwing this black cloud over the U.S. Open. It is considered one of my favourite occasions. I do not know why you guys maintain doing that. The extra legs you give [LIV Golf], the extra you retain speaking about it.”

When Koepka was requested if there was a financial quantity that will trigger him to defect to LIV Golf as nicely, he stated he hadn’t “given it that a lot thought.”

“I am attempting to give attention to the U.S. Open, man,” Koepka stated. “I legitimately do not get it. I am uninterested in the conversations. I am uninterested in all these things. Like I stated, y’all are throwing a black cloud on the U.S. Open. I feel that sucks. I really do really feel dangerous for the [USGA] for as soon as as a result of it is a s—ty state of affairs. We’re right here to play, and you’re speaking about an occasion that occurred final week.”

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Koepka, who received back-to-back U.S. Open titles in 2017 and ’18, has made simply two tour begins since April, lacking the lower on the Masters and tying for fifty fifth on the PGA Championship. He married longtime girlfriend Jena Sims in Turks and Caicos on June 4.

Koepka has been bothered by knee and wrist accidents over the previous a number of months.

“I’ve had a variety of different stuff occurring,” stated Koepka, who’s ranked nineteenth within the Official World Golf Rating. “Typically, golf is nice and all and I like it, however on the identical time I’ve acquired different stuff I’ve acquired to do. The marriage was an enormous factor, however simply caring for my physique, ensuring I am 100% proper.”

Koepka’s youthful brother, Chase, performed in LIV Golf’s inaugural occasion exterior London final week. He tied for thirty third and made $150,000. He had about $315,000 in profession earnings in PGA Tour-sanctioned occasions earlier than that begin.

“Clearly, LIV is attempting to make an enormous push for golf,” Koepka stated. “Look, I imply, I like my brother. I assist him in something he does. It is household. I am going to all the time love and assist him. No matter he does, I am cheering for him.”

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