LIFE Golf: Rory McIlroy calls gamers who change “fairly double”

Exterior of majors, Koepka has received 4 tournaments on the PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy has described gamers becoming a member of LIV Golf as “fairly double” as Brooks Koepka grew to become the most recent to hitch the brand new Saudi Arabia-backed collection.

4-time main champion Koepka joins compatriots Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau within the new collection of eight occasions of $ 250 million (£ 200 million).

McIlroy, a robust supporter of the PGA Tour, mentioned he was “shocked” that the previous world setter is transferring to LIV Golf.

“Am I shocked? Sure, due to what he mentioned earlier,” he mentioned.

“I believe that is why I am shocked by a variety of these guys, as a result of they are saying one factor after which they do one other and I don’t perceive.

“I have no idea whether it is for authorized causes – I don’t know – however it’s fairly double on their half to say one factor after which do one other factor. Private and non-private.”

Talking on the US Open final week, the place he completed fifty fifth after a nasty weekend, Koepka complained that questions concerning the LIV Golf collection threw a “black cloud” over the most important.

In the meantime, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has branded LIV Golf a non-“wholesome competitors”.

“As I instructed the gamers [on Tuesday]let me be clear, I am not naive. If that is an arms race, and if the one weapon right here is greenback payments, the PGA Tour cannot compete with a overseas monarchy that spends billions of {dollars} attempting to purchase the sport of golf, says Monahan.

“We welcome good, wholesome competitors. LIFE The Saudi Golf League will not be. It’s an irrational menace, one that doesn’t care about return on funding or actual development of the sport.”

Koepka had already withdrawn from Thursday’s PGA Tour occasion, the Vacationers Championship, and has been described as an “unimaginable” addition to the LIV Golf collection by its CEO Greg Norman.

“The addition of Brooks is one other instance of the unimaginable fields that LIV Golf is constructing as we construct momentum throughout our first season and look to the longer term,” mentioned Norman.

The American is anticipated to play in his first LIV occasion within the second 54-hole, 48-man event that runs from June 30 to July 2 in Portland, Oregon.

He’ll be a part of his brother Chase within the collection and on Tuesday it was introduced that 31-year-old Mexican Abraham Ancer, world quantity 20, has signed on to play within the LIV Golf collection.

Koepka, now ranked nineteenth, received the US Open 2017 and 2018 and can also be a two-time US PGA Champion, successful the Wanamaker Trophy 2018 and 2019.

Norman added about Koepka: “It’s not possible to underestimate the impression that Brooks Koepka has had on the golf sport during the last 5 years. He has a pedigree for the championships and has a hit document as one of the vital elite gamers on this planet.”

The PGA Tour shut down 17 members who participated within the first event on the Centurion Membership earlier in June, which was received by Charl Schwartzel, and it’s doubtless that Koepka will obtain the identical remedy.

The group mentioned in an announcement: “Gamers are knowledgeable that they’re suspended or in any other case now not eligible to take part within the PGA Tour event, together with the Presidents Cup.

“As , the gamers beneath didn’t obtain the required conflicting occasions and media rights – or didn’t apply for launch in any respect – and their participation within the Saudi Golf League / LIV Golf Occasion violates our event guidelines. This identical destiny applies to all different gamers taking part in future Saudi Golf League occasions. “

It was additionally introduced on Wednesday that LIV gamers must compete on the a hundred and fiftieth Open Championship in July. The US Open additionally allowed LIV golfers to take part.

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