Brooks Koepka says consistent talk about LIV Golf puts black cloud over US Open

Brooks Koepka says consistent talk about LIV Golf puts black cloud over US Open


BROOKLINE, Mass. — Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka criticized Tuesday reporters for asking him questions about the rival LIV Golf Invitational Series, which he said was casting a “black cloud” over this week’s US Open.

“I’m here at the US Open,” Koepka said. “I’m ready to play the US Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that [LIV Golf]the more you keep talking about it.”

When Koepka was asked if there was a monetary amount that would cause him to defect to LIV Golf as well, he said he hadn’t “given it that much thought.”

“I’m trying to focus on the US Open, man,” Koepka said. “I legitimately don’t get it. I’m tired of the conversations. I’m tired of all this stuff. Like I said, y’all are throwing a black cloud on the US Open. I think that sucks. I actually do feel bad for the [USGA] for once because it’s a s—ty situation. We’re here to play, and you are talking about an event that happened last week.”

Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa said he’s also tired of LIV speculation.

“I think these guys have made their decisions,” Morikawa said. “I mean, it is upsetting. I’ve been out here for three years, and I never would have imagined this is what we would have to deal with three years in as being a professional. All I dreamed about was playing on the PGA Tour, making putts to win tournaments, winning majors, and for me it’s just how do I get back to focusing on that? like the drama.

“At the end of the day, that’s what it is. We’re all trying to assume or make assumptions or make guesses about what this or that is going or what’s going to happen next. We know just as much as you.” We really do.”

Koepka, who won’t back-to-back US Open titles in 2017 and 2018, has made just two tour starts since April, missing the cut at the Masters and tying for the 55th at the PGA Championship. He married longtime girlfriend Jena Sims in Turks and Caicos on June 4.

Koepka has been bothered by knee and wrist injuries over the past several months.

“I’ve had a lot of other stuff going on,” said Koepka, who is ranked 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking. “Sometimes, golf is great and all and I love it, but at the same time I’ve got other stuff I’ve got to do. The wedding was a big thing, but just taking care of my body, making sure I’ m 100% right.”

Koepka’s younger brother, Chase, played at LIV Golf’s inaugural event outside London last week. He tied for 33rd and made $150,000. He had about $315,000 in career earnings in PGA Tour-sanctioned events before that start.

“Obviously, LIV is trying to make a big push for golf,” Koepka said. “Look, I mean, I love my brother. I support him in anything he does. It’s family. I’ll always love and support him. Whatever he does, I’m cheering for him.”

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