Former world #1 and four-time major winner Brooks Koepka was among the first to denounce the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series. But in a stunning 180 which has drawn “swift and brutal” reactions across the board, the Floridian talent has now exited the PGA Tour, joining the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Abraham Ancer, as well as his own younger brother Chase Brooks.
“Money doesn’t matter,” Brooks Koepka previously stated back in 2020 when the rebel golf league first entered mainstream conversation.
“It’s not something that’s important. I just want to be happy. Money’s not going to make me happy. I just want to play against the best.”
“If somebody gave me $200 million tomorrow, it’s not going to change my life. What am I going to get out of it? I already have [enough money] that I could retire right now, but I don’t want to. I just want to play golf.”
Just last week, Koepka seemingly dismissed the LIV Golf Series’ legitimacy when prompted about it during the US Open.
“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,” said Brooks Koepka.
“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.”
“I legitimately don’t get it. I’m tired of the conversations. I’m tired of all this stuff… I actually do feel bad for the [US Golf Association] for once because it’s a shitty situation. We’re here to play, and you are talking about an event that happened last week.”
Brooks Koepka – who has earned approximately US$38 million / AU$55 million in career earnings to date – will reportedly receive a nine-figure payday from the LIV Golf Series upfront, similar to his mate DJ. For reference, Johnson received around US$125 million / AU$180 million to jump ship.
Money talks, I suppose.