Two big names on the PGA Tour were secured by the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series, Abraham Ancer and Brooks Koepka.
Collin Morikawa took aim at the LIV Golf Invitational Series and golf media members, amid reports that Brooks Koepka is the latest PGA Tour star who has defected to the Saudi-backed event.
Koepka, the four-time major winner is expected to become the latest high-profile participant in the lucrative LIV Golf series. The 32-year-old is expected to play in the second 54-hole 48-man tournament in Portland next month, which has a prize fund of £20 million.
Former World No. The PGA Tour will suspend the former World No. 1 who, with his brother Chase, joined LIV Golf prior to its inception and participated in the opening event at The Centurion Club St Albans earlier in the month. Morikawa posted on social media his plans to continue playing on the PGA Tour, and also took aim at media members for suggesting that the American could be joining the controversial series.
“Just your #11 money winner on PIP here to say good morning to everyone!”Morikawa, a two-time major winner wrote on Twitter. Last week, at my press conference I said that the media loves drama.
“Sure enough, I woke up this morning to everyone thinking I’m next. Not to say I told you so but…I told you so.
“To state for the record, once again, you all are absolutely wrong. I’ve said it since February at Riviera that I’m here to stay on the @PGATOUR and nothing has changed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some cereal to pour in my milk.”
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Koepka has become the latest star to follow Phil Mickelson’s lead by signing a multimillion-dollar deal with former world No. 1 Greg Norman. In making the switch, he follows Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter as well as Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, and Bryson de Chambeau, who are all following in their footsteps.
The LIV Golf series was highly anticipated and made its debut last weekend at The Centurion Club, St Albans. Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, and Phil Mickelson were among the many big names in the field. Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters champion, secured a one-stroke victory and a £3.86 million payout.
The LIV series, which is Saudi-backed, is the most lucrative tournament in golf history. The lucrative eight-event series, which is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), has a prize pot of just over £200m for 2022, while an extra £1.6 billion has reportedly been secured to expand the event to a 14-event league by 2024.