Brooks Koepka accused media members of putting a black cloud over the U.S. Open by talking about the LIV Golf Invitational Series, and just a week later he did the same to the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship.
Amid reports of his involvement with the Saudi-backed, Greg Norman-led breakaway LIV Golf series, the PGA Tour announced late Monday night that Koepka had withdrawn from this week’s Tour stop at TPC River Highlands.
Previous reports suggested that Koepka would make his debut on the new circuit at its second event next week at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland, Oregon. The four-time major champion joins the likes of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, and Abraham Ancer as the big names to jump from the PGA Tour.
Koepka’s younger brother, Chase, has already committed to playing for LIV Golf and tied for 33rd a few weeks ago at the debut event in London, walking away with a check for $150,000.
Golfweek’s Riley Hamel contributed to this report.