LIV Golf: Rory McIlroy calls gamers who swap ‘fairly faux’

Koepka (left) and McIlroy had a pleasant rivalry once they have been vying for the majors.

Rory McIlroy has described gamers becoming a member of LIV Golf as “fairly copycats” as Brooks Koepka turns into the most recent to maneuver to the Saudi Arabia-backed new sequence.

4-time main champion Koepka joins compatriots Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau in a brand new $250m (£200m) eight-event sequence.

McIlroy, a staunch PGA Tour supporter, mentioned he’s “shocked” that the previous world primary LIV is shifting to golf.

“Am I shocked? Sure, due to what he mentioned earlier,” he mentioned.

“I assume that is why I am shocked by a whole lot of these folks, as a result of they are saying one factor after which they do one other and I do not perceive.

“I do not know if it is for authorized causes — I do not know — nevertheless it’s very repetitive on their half to say one factor after which do one other. Publicly and privately.”

Talking finally week’s US Open, the place he completed fifty fifth after a poor weekend, Koepka complained that questions concerning the LIV golf sequence have been throwing “darkish clouds” on the Majors.

In the meantime, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has referred to as LIV golf “not a wholesome competitors.”

“As I instructed the gamers [on Tuesday]Let me be clear, I am not gullible. If that is an arms race, and if the one weapon right here is greenback payments, then the PGA Tour can not compete with a international monarchy that’s spending billions of {dollars} making an attempt to purchase the sport of golf,” Monahan mentioned. Informed.

“We welcome good, wholesome competitors. The LIV Saudi Golf League shouldn’t be that. It is an irrational menace that has nothing to do with return on funding or the precise improvement of the game.”

Koepka had already withdrawn from Thursday’s PGA Tour occasion, the Vacationers Championship, and has been described by its chief government Greg Norman as an “unimaginable” addition to the LIV golf sequence.

“Including Brooks is one other instance of the unimaginable fields LIV Golf is assembling as we construct momentum in our first season and look to the long run,” Norman mentioned.

The American is anticipated to play in his first LIV occasion within the second 54-hole, 48-man event that runs from June 30 to July 2 in Portland, Oregon.

He can be becoming a member of his brother Chase within the sequence and, on Tuesday, it was introduced that 31-year-old Mexican Abraham Ensor, world quantity 20, has signed as much as 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, claiming the Wanamaker Trophy in 2018 and 2019.

Norman added on Koepka: “Nobody underestimates Brooks Koepka’s affect on the sport of golf over the previous 5 years. He holds a championship pedigree and a document of success as one of the elite gamers on the earth.”

The PGA Tour suspended 17 members who competed within the first event on the Centurion membership earlier in June, which was gained by Charl Schwartzell, and it’s probably that Koepka will obtain the identical therapy.

The group mentioned in an announcement: “Gamers are being knowledgeable that they’re suspended or in any other case now not eligible to take part in PGA Tour tournaments, together with the President’s Cup.

“As you’re conscious, the gamers listed beneath didn’t obtain the required conflicting occasion and media rights releases – or didn’t apply for releases in any respect – and their participation in Saudi Golf League/LIV golf occasions is a violation of our Match Rules The identical destiny holds true for every other participant taking part in future Saudi Golf League occasions.”

It was additionally introduced on Wednesday that LIV gamers can be allowed to compete On the a hundred and fiftieth Open Championship in July. The US Open additionally allowed LIV golfers to take part.

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