What Brooks Koepka has previously said about LIV Golf

Brooks Koepka is set to join the LIV Golf Series, according to reports, becoming the latest PGA Tour to make the switch to the Saudi-backed tour.

LIV Golf has already secured the signatures of the likes of major winners Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen.

The Saudi-backed series has an eye-watering amount of money behind it. There are eight events in its inaugural season, with each winner picking up a cheque for $4 million. Each event has a prize pot of $25 million.

For a PGA Tour comparison, the winner of the 2022 US Open, Matt Fitzpatrick, received $3.1 million in prize money. The average tournament purse across the season, meanwhile, is $9.2 million, as per Golflink – although majors do naturally boost this figure.

But the major draw for LIV Golf players – at least those with big reputations – is the signing-on fee. For instance, Dustin Johnson was given an upfront bonus of $150 million for joining the tour. Koepka, according to The Telegraph, is expected to receive a similar amount.

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But what has the four-time major winner said about LIV Golf, and breakaway golf leagues, in the past?

What Brooks Koepka has said about LIV Golf

Speaking about LIV Golf before this year’s US Open, Koepka stated: “I’m here. I’m here at the US Open, I’m ready to play US Open.

“And I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favourite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that.

“The more legs you give it, the more you keep talking about it.”

When asked about his brother, Chase, joining LIV Golf, he responded: “I love my brother. I support him in anything he does. That’s family. I’ll always love and support him, so whatever he does, I’m cheering for him.”

That is not the only time Koepka has specifically mentioned a Saudi breakaway league. In February, when the ‘rebel’ tour looked in doubt, the 32-year-old backed the PGA Tour, but had concerns that players would still jump ship.

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“I think it’s going to still keep going,” he said. “I think there will still be talk. Everyone talks about money. They’ve got enough of it.

“I don’t see it backing down. They can just double up, and they’ll figure it out. They’ll get their guys. Somebody will sell out and go to it.”

Koepka’s words eventually proved to be true – but not many would have expected at the time that he would move to LIV Golf as well.

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