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Brooks Koepka joins LIV Golf series, Rory McIlroy reacts

Brooks will now participate at the second LIV series event in Oregon on June 30.

Swati Bhatia Editor

Updated - 23 June 2022 11:29 am

Star golf player Brooks Koepka is set to leave PGA Tour and join the cash-rich LIV Golf series, according to reports. The former world number 1 becomes the latest player after Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau join the lucrative series.

The four-time major winner Brooks Koepka had pulled out of this week’s PGA Tour Travelers Championship in Connecticut and will now participate at the second LIV series event in Oregon on June 30.

“The addition of Brooks Koepka is yet another example of the incredible fields LIV Golf is assembling as we build momentum in our first season and look towards the future”, said LIV Golf CEO and commissioner Greg Norman.

Former World Number 1, Rory McIlroy had a stern reaction to Koepka’s decision and called the behaviour of golfers who switched to the LIV series, “duplicitous”.

“Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he (Koepka) said previously,” said Mcllroy during the press conference ahead of this week’s Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

“That’s why I’m surprised at a lot of these guys because they say one thing and then they do another.

“It’s pretty duplicitous on their part to say one thing and then do another thing.”

Backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), LIV Golf held its first event in London this month which was won by South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, who took home a $4 million cash prize, which is the biggest pay cheque in golf history.

The second LIV Series event is scheduled to be played in Portland, Oregon from June 30-July 2 at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club.

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