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Brooks Koepka to leave PGA Tour for LIV Golf, joining Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau: Reports - The Athletic

Koepka, 32, will make his LIV Golf debut in the circuit's second event next week in Oregon, Telegraph and Sky Sports reported.

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Brooks Koepka, a four-time major winner and former world No. 1, will become the latest golfer to leave the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf International Series, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

Koepka, 32, will make his LIV Golf debut in the circuit's second event next week in Oregon, the Telegraph and Sky Sports reported. He is the third major winner to join LIV since its first event, joining Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, who will also make their LIV debuts next week. Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia headlined the 48-player field for the first event in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, which was won by Charl Schwartzel on June 11.

At No. 19 in the world, Koepka becomes LIV's second-ranked golfer behind Johnson (No. 16). He most recently competed at the U.S. Open last week, finishing 55th.

When asked last Tuesday if he planned to remain on the PGA Tour permanently, Koepka did not give a definitive answer, saying, "There's been no other option to this point, so where else are you going to go?"

"I wasn't playing last week," Koepka said. "I'm here. I'm here at the U.S. Open. I'm ready to play U.S. Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the U.S. Open. It's one of my favorite events. I don't know why you guys keep doing that.

"The more legs you give it, the more you keep talking about it."

The LIV Golf series is controversial for a number of reasons, including that it's backed by Saudi financing and will play two of its eight tournaments this year at Donald Trump-owned courses. Its massive purses — $255 million in prize money will be awarded over eight events — have now attracted seven top-50 golfers: Johnson, Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, DeChambeau, Kevin Na, Reed and Talor Gooch. Koepka's brother, Chase Koepka, also played in the first LIV event.

The PGA Tour responded as soon as the first LIV event teed off on June 9, suspending all current and future players who participate in the new circuit. The USGA allowed LIV golfers to play in the 2022 U.S. Open, and it seems likely they'll be able to participate in The Open Championship next month, though nothing is official as of now.

Koepka, who won back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2017 and 2018 and PGA Championships in 2018 and 2019, has not been nearly the player who was considered easily one of the top golfers in the world a few years ago. His best finish in this year's majors is 55th, where he finished at both the U.S. Open and PGA Championship after missing the cut at the Masters. He'll likely finish the year with his worst year-end world ranking since 2014.

LIV Golf's next event begins June 30 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.

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