Four-time main champion Brooks Koepka is the latest golfer to defect from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Koepka, 32, is one of the most prominent players to have joined the breakaway arena, which is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and faces two-time Open Open winner Greg Norman.
Sources have confirmed that LIV Golf is expected to announce the addition of Koepka in the coming days. Koepka, ranked 19 in the official golf rankings, is expected to compete in the first LIV Golf event in the US, at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, starting June 30.
Koepka’s impending departure from the PGA Tour was first reported on Tuesday by the Telegraph of London.
A source confirmed that Abraham Anser, ranked 20th in the world, is also leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf.
LIV Golf has now signed with eight of the world’s 50 best players; Bryson DeChambeau (seeded 30) and Patrick Reed (38) are expected to compete in the event, which is also being held in Portland.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan suspended 17 players, including Johnson and six-time main winner Phil Mickelson, for competing in the inaugural LIV Golf event outside London two weeks ago. Monahan said that Tour players who competed in future LIV Golf tournaments without issuing a conflicting event would face a similar penalty.
Monahan meets the players Tuesday morning at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut. The PGA Tour Players Advisory Board will also meet on Tuesday.
Manahan is scheduled to speak with the media on Wednesday.
In 2019, Kupka became the first player in history to achieve consecutive victories in two major tournaments simultaneously; He won the US Open in 2017-18 and the PGA Championship in 2018-19.
Koepka joins his brother, Chase, who took part in the London-based LIV event. His old friend, two-time main champ Dustin Johnson, has also signed with LIV Golf.
Koepka was first place. One player in the world for 47 weeks, but has been plagued by back, hip and wrist injuries in recent months. Koepka has two top 10 positions in 15 starts, but hasn’t done well in the top three this season. He missed a loss at the Masters, tied for 55th in the PGA Championship and was 55th at the US Open last week at The Country Club outside Boston.
Koepka is 84th in the FedEx Cup standings. It’s in the Travelers Championship field.
Kupka criticized journalists last week for throwing a “black cloud” at the US Open with questions about Lev Golf.
“I’m here at the US Open,” he said. “I’m ready to play the US Open, and I think it’s kinda bad, you all just throw this black cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you guys keep on that, the more legs I give [LIV Golf]The more you keep talking about him.”
Uncer, a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, played for Oklahoma. He achieved his first and only PGA Tour win at WGC-FedEx St. Having an invitation in Memphis in August. He also finished in the top ten in each of his previous two PGA Championships, including a ninth tie at Southern Hills last month.
Unser withdrew from last week’s US Open at the last minute due to illness. It is not in the travellers’ field.
Anser was one of the bright spots for the international team at the 2019 President’s Cup in Melbourne, Australia. He had a 3-1-1 record, and his only loss came against Tiger Woods in a singles match.