Brooks Koepka of Jupiter will join LIV Golf.
The 32-year-old Jupiter resident and four-time major winner is the latest professional golfer to drop out of the PGA Tour to compete in the Saudi-sponsored event.
Sources informed ESPN on Tuesday that LIV Golf will announce the arrival of Koepka, 32, in the coming days.
According to ESPN, the No. 19-ranked golfer in the world will join LIV Golf in time for its debut U.S. competition in Oregon at the end of the month.
The Telegraph of London was the first to report about Brooks Koepka impending departure.
With his addition to the LIV Golf circuit, the LIV Golf circuit will now have eight of the top 50 players in the world, including several from Palm Beach County.
17 players have already been suspended by PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. Mickelson is constructing a residence on Jupiter Island. Johnson relocated to Jupiter from Palm Beach Gardens last year.
Last week’s U.S. Open champion Koepka scolded reporters for “casting this bad cloud” over the PGA Tour event by frequently mentioning LIV Golf.
“I’m at the US Open,” Brooks Koepka explained. “I’m ready to play in the US Open, and I think it’s kind of a bummer that you’re all casting this dark cloud over it.” It’s one of my all-time favourite gatherings. I’m not sure why you guys continue to do this. The more legs [LIV Golf] gets, the more people speak about it.”
When asked if a certain amount of money would entice him to join LIV Golf, Koepka replied he hadn’t “given it that much thought.”
“Man, I’m trying to concentrate on the US Open,” Brooks Koepka said. “I honestly don’t comprehend it.” I’m fed up with the debates.
All of this irritates me. As I have stated, you are casting a dark cloud over the US Open. That irritates me. For once, I feel sorry for the [USGA], since it’s an s—-ty situation. We’re here to have fun, and you’re bringing up something that occurred last week.”
Koepka went on to play golf at Florida State University, where he was a three-time All-American for the Seminoles after graduating from Cardinal Newman High School. He began his professional career in 2012 and rose to the top of the global rankings in 2018.
In 2017 and 2018, he won back-to-back US Opens, as well as the PGA Championships in 2018 and 2019 — the same year he tied for second at the Masters.