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Brooks Koepka Is The Latest PGA Tour Talent To Switch To The LIV Golf Series

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Brooks Koepka, a four-time major champion, is the latest golfer to switch from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, according to ESPN sources.

Koepka, 32, is one of the most well-known players to join the breakaway circuit, which is backed by two-time Open champion Greg Norman and supported by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

LIV Golf is set to announce Koepka’s arrival in the coming days, according to insiders. Starting June 30, Koepka, who is placed 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking, will compete in the first LIV Golf event in the United States, at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon.

The Telegraph of London broke the news of Koepka’s impending exit from the PGA Tour on Tuesday.

Abraham Ancer, who is ranked 20th in the world, is also quitting the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, according to a source. Collin Morikawa, the world No. 4 on the PGA Tour, disputed speculations that he was planning to join LIV Golf later Tuesday, tweeting that he is “here to stay” on the PGA Tour and that “nothing has changed.”

Eight of the top 50 players in the world have registered with LIV Golf, and Bryson DeChambeau (ranked 30th) and Patrick Reed (ranked 38th) are slated to compete in the event in Portland.

For appearing in LIV Golf’s maiden event outside of London two weeks earlier, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan punished 17 players, including two-time major champion Dustin Johnson and six-time major winner Phil Mickelson. Tour players who compete in future LIV Golf tournaments without a conflicting-event release, according to Monahan, will suffer the same sanction.

Monahan is visiting with players at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, on Tuesday morning. The PGA Tour’s Players Advisory Council met on Tuesday as well.

Koepka, who is now ranked 84th in the FedEx Cup standings, was not in the lineup for the Travelers Championship at the TPC River Highlands.

Monahan will talk to the media on Wednesday.

In 2019, Koepka made history by becoming the first player in history to win back-to-back major championships; he won the US Open in 2017-18 and the PGA Championship in 2018-19.

In the London-based LIV event, Koepka competed alongside his old friend Johnson and his brother, Chase Koepka.

For 47 weeks, Koepka was the world’s best golfer, but ailments to his back, hip, and wrist have plagued him in recent months.

In 15 starts, Koepka has two top-10 finishes, although he struggled in the first three majors of the season. He missed the cut at the Masters, tied for 55th at the PGA Championship, and finished 55th at The Country Club outside of Boston last week in the U.S. Open.

Last week, Koepka chastised reporters for casting a “dark cloud” over the US Open by asking about LIV Golf.

Ancer, a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, was a member of the Oklahoma football team. In August, he won the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, his first and only PGA Tour title. He’s also finished in the top 10 in each of the last two PGA Championships, including a tie for ninth last month at Southern Hills.

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