Brooks Koepka admits going to LIV for money



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Brooks Koepka admits going to LIV for money
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Star guest on a podcast show which has more than 2 million subscribers, Brooks Koepka revealed the real reason which made him agree to go to LIV Golf after having criticized it so much. Five-time Major winner Brooks Koepka told BS w/ Jake Paul that he changed his mind about LIV Golf for one simple reason, “the money” (sic).

Several months before his signing on the circuit financed by Saudi Arabia, Koepka had nevertheless been particularly critical of the dissident league, swearing loyalty to the PGA Tour while deeming the departure of several players inevitable.

“They will have their guys. Someone will sell out and embark on the adventure,” he declared in February 2022. But 4 months later, in June of the same year, the former world No. 1 turned around to everyone's surprise.

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“I changed my mind,” confided the Floridian, explaining that his knee injury and his desire to spend more time with family, like many players who gave in to the lure of LIV, had weighed in his choice.

But in this interview posted Thursday, Koepka recognizes that it was above all the 9-figure check that he cashed upon signing, which made him reconsider his initial position. “Look, I’ll be honest with you, I signed for the money.

I assume 100% responsibility. Tomorrow I may get in a car accident and never play golf again, but my family is safe now. » A little further on in the show, the winner of the 2023 PGA Championship, now a father, returns to the episode of the Netflix series Full Swing where he seems consumed by doubt concerning his ability to play again at the highest level and on the verge of depression.

“I was mentally affected. I had lost confidence. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to continue playing golf. It wasn't fun. Every day when I woke up, I was not able to bend my knee". LIV Golf, also known as Super Golf League is a professional golf circuit.

It was founded in 2022, with the sponsorship of the Public Investment Fund (it is the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia)1. The circuit rivals the PGA Tour (United States) and the DP World Tour (Europe), offering substantially higher prize money.2​3​ The name LIV refers to the total number of holes to be played in each event (54 in Roman numerals, corresponding to 3 rounds of 18 holes), as opposed to the usual 72 holes (4 rounds of 18 holes) in other tours.

Alternatively, 54 is the score obtained by making a birdie on each hole on a par 72.2 course. In March 2022, LIV Golf CEO, former professional golfer and former world number one Greg Norman, announced the schedule for the first season of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

This consists of eight tournaments, to be played over a total of 54 holes without a cut. Each tournament will have a field of 48 players, which will be grouped into 12 teams of four players, with simultaneous starts. The total amount of prizes to be distributed amounts to 255 million dollars.4

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