Brooks Koepka becomes latest star golfer to leave PGA Tour for LIV Golf Series, sources confirm

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is the latest golfer to switch from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf Invitational, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Koepka, 32, is one of the most high-profile players on the Independent Tour, which is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and led by two-time Open champion Greg Norman.

Sources have confirmed that LIV Golf is expected to announce its addition to Koepka in the coming days. Koepka, ranked No. 19 in the Official World Golf Rankings, is expected to compete at the inaugural LIV golf event in the United States on June 30 at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon.

The London Telegraph first reported on Tuesday that Koepka was leaving the PGA Tour.

World No. 20 Abraham Ancer is also leaving the PGA Tour for a new series, LIV Golf announced late Tuesday.

“Abraham Ancer has been a rising star who has established himself as one of the top golfers in the world in a short period of time. He is a consistent contender who continues to elevate our game,” Norman said in a statement. said in a statement. “Abraham’s global presence and star power in Mexico and Latin America make him a perfect fit for LIV Golf, a company committed to growing the sport globally, especially in emerging markets. We are delighted to have him on board and look forward to seeing Let him work on the field in Portland and beyond.”

Earlier on Tuesday, world No. 4 Colin Morikawa denied rumors that he was also planning to join LIV Golf, tweeting that he would “stay” on the PGA Tour and that “nothing has changed.”

LIV Golf has now signed 8 of the top 50 players in the world; Bryson DeChambeau (No. 30) and Patrick Reed (No. 38) are also expected to play in Portland Contest.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monaghan suspended 17 players, including two-time Grand Slam champion Dustin Johnson and six-time Grand Slam champion, for LIV Golf’s inaugural event outside London two weeks ago. Championship Phil Mickelson. Monaghan has said that Tour players who participate in future LIV golf tournaments without posting a conflict will face similar penalties.

Monaghan will meet players at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, on Tuesday morning. The PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council also met on Tuesday.

Koepka, who is No. 84 in the FedExCup standings, remains on the Travelers Championship grounds despite not attending the conference at TPC River Heights.

Monahan is scheduled to speak to the media on Wednesday.

In 2019, Koepka became the first player in history to win two consecutive majors at the same time; he won the 2017-18 U.S. Open and the 2018-19 PGA Championship.

Koepka joined his old friend Johnson and his brother Chase Koepka at the London LIV event.

Koepka has been world No. 1 for 47 weeks but has been plagued by back, hip and wrist injuries in recent months. Koepka has finished in the top 10 twice in 15 starts but has struggled in his first three majors this season. He missed the cut to the Masters, finishing tied for 55th at the PGA Championship and 55th at last week’s U.S. Open at Country Club outside Boston.

Koepka last week criticized reporters for casting a “dark cloud” at the U.S. Open, questioning LIV Golf.

“I’m at the U.S. Open,” he said. “I’m ready for the U.S. Open and I think it’s kind of bad, you guys all drop a cloud at the U.S. Open. It’s one of my favorite tournaments. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. Legs you give more [LIV Golf], the more you talk about it. “

Anser, who holds dual Mexican and American citizenship, played in Oklahoma City. In August, he won his first and only PGA Tour title at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis. He has also finished in the top 10 at the past two PGA Championships, including a tie for ninth at Nanshan last month.

Ancer pulled out of last week’s U.S. Open last week, citing illness. He is not in the traveler’s domain.

Anser was one of the highlights of the 2019 Melbourne Presidents Cup international team. He’s 3-1-1 and his only loss was against Tiger Woods in a singles match.

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