Brooks Koepka becomes latest star golfer to leave PGA Tour for LIV Golf Series, sources confirm

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is the latest golfer to defect from the PGA Tour to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Koepka, 32, is one of the most high-profile players to join the breakaway circuit, which is being funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and fronted by two-time Open winner Greg Norman.

LIV Golf is expected to announce the addition of Koepka in the coming days, sources have confirmed. Koepka is expected to compete in the first LIV Golf event in the United States, at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, starting June 30.

Koepka’s pending departure from the PGA Tour was first reported Tuesday by the Telegraph of London.

In 2019, Koepka became the first player in history to hold back-to-back victories in two major championships simultaneously; he won the U.S. Open in 2017-18 and the PGA Championship in 2018-19.

Koepka joins his brother, Chase, who competed in the first LIV Golf event outside London earlier this month. His longtime friend, two-time major champion Dustin Johnson, also signed with LIV Golf.

Koepka was the No. 1 player in the world for 47 weeks but has been bothered by back, hip and wrist injuries in recent months. Koepka has two two top-10s in 15 starts, but didn’t fare well in the first three majors this season. He missed the cut at the Masters, tied for 55th at the PGA Championship and was 55th in last week’s U.S. Open at The Country Club outside Boston.

Koepka is 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking and 84th in the FedEx Cup standings. He is in the field for this week’s Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Koepka criticized reporters last week for casting a “black cloud” over the U.S. Open with questions about LIV Golf.

“I’m here at the U.S. Open,” he said. “I’m ready to play the 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 [LIV Golf], the more you keep talking about it.”

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