Brooklyn, Mass. Brooks Koepka was furious Tuesday when asked about his interest in the rival league.
No player at the US Open has performed better than Kupka over the past four years – losing to a total of just four players – and had a sharp exchange with reporters when he claimed that the continued focus on LIV Golf was putting a “black cloud” through the proceedings at The Country Club.
“I’m trying to focus on the US Open, man,” he said towards the end of his press conference. “I don’t legitimately understand it. I’m tired of conversations. I’m sick of all this stuff.”
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“You guys are throwing a black cloud over the US Open. I think that’s bad. I actually feel bad for them for once because it’s a bad situation. We’re here to play, and you’re talking about an event that happened last week.”
In February, Koepka, a member of the PGA Tour Players Advisory Board, reiterated his support for the Tour, saying, “It’s been clear for a long time that I’m with the PGA Tour. It’s where I’m staying. I’m very happy. I think they’re doing things the way The right ones. The people I want to deal with. I’m happy to be here.”
But there is still speculation about Koepka’s interest, particularly with his younger brother, Chase, who is competing in last week’s inaugural LIV event outside London. Brooks said he hasn’t spoken to his brother about the experience, but he did listen to the telecast while practicing last week in South Florida.
Kupka declined to say if he was still fully committed to the tour.
“There was no other choice at this point,” he said, “so where else would you go?”
To LIV, one reporter answered.
That’s when Koepka became increasingly frustrated with the line of questioning.
“As of last week,” he said. “That’s it. I wasn’t playing last week. I’m here. I’m here at the US Open. I’m ready to play the US Open, and I think it’s kinda bad, you’re all throwing this black cloud at the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events.” I have. I don’t know why you guys keep doing this. The more legs I give her, the more I keep talking about her.”
Then the reporter suggested that Koepka would look like an ideal target for the LIV officials: an accomplished player, a 32-year-old with a great injury history, who hasn’t been shy about drawing a line between the major leagues and everything else. A few years ago, Kupka famously said that the only time he practiced was in the majors.
When pressed whether the LIV’s limited schedule (eight events this year, up to 14 when the league begins in 2024) has appealed to him, Koepka said: “I choose my schedule no matter which round I play.”
In fact, he’s only played twice since the WGC game in March – in his first two major tournaments. “I can play as much as I want.”
Despite the topic of schisms that has dominated the conversation at every event this year, Kupka said his focus was elsewhere. He objected when asked directly if there was a contract number that would cause him to flip.
“I didn’t think about it much,” he said.