4-time main champion Brooks Koepka is the most recent golfer to defect from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf Invitational Sequence, sources have confirmed to ESPN.
Koepka, 32, is among the highest-profile gamers to affix the breakaway circuit, which is being funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund and is fronted by two-time Open winner Greg Norman.
LIV Golf is predicted to announce the addition of Koepka within the coming days, sources have confirmed. Koepka, who’s ranked nineteenth within the Official World Golf Rating, is predicted to compete within the first LIV Golf occasion in the US, at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, beginning June 30.
Koepka’s pending departure from the PGA Tour was first reported Tuesday by the Telegraph of London.
A supply confirmed that Abraham Ancer, who’s ranked twentieth on the earth, is also leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf.
LIV Golf has now signed eight of the highest 50 gamers on the earth; Bryson DeChambeau (ranked thirtieth) and Patrick Reed (thirty eighth) are anticipated to compete within the occasion in Portland as effectively.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan suspended 17 gamers, together with Johnson and six-time main winner Phil Mickelson, for competing in LIV Golf’s inaugural occasion exterior London two weeks in the past. Monahan had mentioned that tour gamers who competed in future LIV Golf tournaments with no conflicting-event launch would face comparable punishment.
Monahan is assembly with gamers Tuesday morning on the Vacationers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. The PGA Tour’s gamers advisory council additionally was assembly Tuesday.
Monahan is scheduled to talk with media Wednesday.
In 2019, Koepka turned the primary participant in historical past to carry back-to-back victories in two main championships concurrently; he gained the U.S. Open in 2017-18 and the PGA Championship in 2018-19.
Koepka joins his brother, Chase, who competed within the London-based LIV occasion. His longtime good friend, two-time main champion Dustin Johnson, additionally signed with LIV Golf.
Koepka was the No. 1 participant on the earth for 47 weeks however has been bothered by again, hip and wrist accidents in latest months. Koepka has two top-10s in 15 begins, however did not fare effectively within the first three majors this season. He missed the lower on the Masters, tied for fifty fifth on the PGA Championship and was fifty fifth in final week’s U.S. Open at The Nation Membership exterior Boston.
Koepka is 84th within the FedEx Cup standings. He’s within the area for the Vacationers Championship.
Koepka criticized reporters final week for casting a “black cloud” over the U.S. Open with questions on LIV Golf.
“I am right here on the U.S. Open,” he mentioned. “I am able to play the U.S. Open, and I feel it type 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 preserve doing that. The extra legs you give [LIV Golf], the extra you retain speaking about it.”
Ancer, a twin citizen of Mexico and the U.S., performed at Oklahoma. He claimed his first and solely PGA Tour victory on the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis in August. He additionally completed within the prime 10 in every of the previous two PGA Championships, together with a tie for ninth at Southern Hills final month.
Ancer pulled out of final week’s U.S. Open on the final minute, citing sickness. He isn’t within the area for the Vacationers.
Ancer was one of many vibrant spots for the Worldwide Crew within the 2019 Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia. He had a 3-1-1 document, together with his solely loss coming towards Tiger Woods in a singles match.