LIV Golf: Rory McIlroy calls gamers who change fairly two-sided

Koepka (left) and McIlroy competed amicably as they competed for large enterprise

Rory McIlroy has described gamers becoming a member of LIV Golf “fairly in two methods” since Brooks Koepka was the final in a brand new Saudi-sponsored sequence.

4-time Grand Grasp Koepka joins compatriots Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau in a brand new $ 250 million (£ 200 million) spherical of eight.

McIlroy, a staunch defender of the PGA Tour, stated he was stunned the previous world frontrunner was shifting to LIV Golf.

“Am I stunned? Sure, due to what he stated earlier,” he stated.

“I believe that’s why I’m stunned by many of those males, as a result of they are saying one factor after which they do one other and I don’t perceive.

“I do not know if it is for authorized causes – I do not know – however it’s fairly ambiguous for them to say one factor after which do one other. Publicly and privately.”

Talking on the US Open final week, the place he completed fifty fifth after a poor weekend, Koepka complained that questions in regards to the LIV Golf Sequence have been throwing a “black cloud” on the main.

On the identical time, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has known as LIV Golf not a “wholesome race”.

“As I informed the gamers [on Tuesday], I say clearly, I’m not naive. “If it is a race in opposition to arms and if the one weapons listed below are greenback payments, the PGA Tour will be unable to compete with a overseas monarchy that spends billions of {dollars} to purchase a golf course,” stated Monahan.

“We welcome good and wholesome competitors. The LIV Saudi Golf League will not be that. It’s an irrational risk that isn’t associated to the return on funding or the true development of the sport.”

Koepka had already given up on Thursday’s PGA Tour occasion, the Vacationers Championship, and its CEO Greg Norman has described him as an “unbelievable” addition to the LIV Golf sequence.

“Including Brooks is one other instance of the unbelievable fields that LIV Golf is gathering as we decide up momentum and look to the longer term in our first season,” Norman stated.

The American is anticipated to play in his first LIV, the second 54-lane 48-man match, which is able to run from June 30 to July 2 in Portland, Oregon.

He’ll be part of his brother Chase within the sequence, and on Tuesday it was introduced that 31-year-old Abraham Ancer, the world’s twentieth main racquet, has registered to play within the LIV Golf sequence.

Koepka, now ranked nineteenth, gained the US Open in 2017 and 2018 and can be a two-time US PGA Champion, profitable the Wanamaker Trophy in 2018 and 2019.

Norman added about Koepka: “There is no such thing as a underestimating the affect Brooks Koepka has had on the sport of golf over the previous 5 years. He has a pedigree file and success file as one of many world’s elite gamers.”

The PGA Tour was interrupted by 17 members who took half within the first Centurion Membership match gained by Charl Schwartzel in June, and Koepka is prone to obtain the identical remedy.

The group stated in a press release: “Gamers can be notified that they’ve been suspended or in any other case misplaced their participation within the PGA Tour, together with the Presidents Cup.

“As you understand, the gamers listed beneath didn’t obtain the required controversial occasions and media rights or didn’t apply for them in any respect, and their participation within the Saudi Golf League / LIV golf occasion is in opposition to our match guidelines. The identical destiny applies to all different gamers taking part in future Saudi occasions. Golf League occasions. “

On Wednesday, it was additionally reported that LIV gamers allowed to compete July on the a hundred and fiftieth Open Championships. The US Open additionally promised LIV golfers participation.

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