LIV Golf: Rory McIlroy calls the gamers who change “fairly double-faced”

Koepka (left) and McIlroy had a pleasant rivalry once they competed for the specialty

Rory McIlroy known as the gamers who’ve joined LIV Golf “fairly duplicitous” as Brooks Koepka turned the final to maneuver to a brand new collection supported by Saudi Arabia.

4-time foremost champion Koepka will be a part of compatriots Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambo in a brand new collection of eight occasions price $ 250 million (200 million kilos).

McIlroy, a staunch supporter of the PGA Tour, mentioned he was “shocked” that the previous primary on the planet is shifting to LIV Golf.

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

“I believe that is why I am shocked by many of those guys, as a result of they are saying one factor after which 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 fairly ambiguous for them to say one factor after which do one other. In public and in non-public. “

Talking on the US Open final week, the place he completed fifty fifth after a nasty weekend, Koepka complained that questions concerning the LIV Golf collection have been throwing a “black cloud” on the main.

In the meantime, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan known as LIV Golf not “wholesome competitors.”

“As I advised the gamers [on Tuesday], I’ll say clearly, I am not naive. If it is an arms race, and if the one weapon right here is greenback payments, the PGA Tour cannot compete with a international monarchy that spends billions of {dollars} attempting to purchase a sport of golf, “Monahan mentioned.

“We welcome good, wholesome competitors. LIV Saudi Golf League isn’t that. That is an irrational menace that doesn’t have an effect on the return on funding or the true progress of the sport. “

Koepka has already canceled its participation within the PGA Tour occasion on Thursday, the Vacationers Championship, and its CEO Greg Norman known as it an “unbelievable” addition to the LIV Golf collection.

“The addition of Brooks is one other instance of the unbelievable fields that LIV Golf gathers as we construct momentum in our first season and look to the long run,” mentioned Norman.

The American is predicted to play in his first LIV match within the second 54-hole match with 48 males, which will probably be held from June 30 to July 2 in Portland, Oregon.

He’ll be a part of his brother Chase within the collection, and on Tuesday it was introduced that 31-year-old Mexican Abraham Anser, the twentieth quantity on the planet, has signed as much as take part within the LIV Golf collection.

Koepka, who at present ranks nineteenth, received the US Open in 2017 and 2018, and is a two-time US PGA champion, successful the Wanamaker trophy in 2018 and 2019.

Norman added of Koepka: “Brooks Koepka’s affect on golf over the previous 5 years can’t be underestimated. He has a champion pedigree and a file of success as one of the elite gamers on the planet. “

The PGA tour suspended 17 individuals who took half within the first Centurion Membership match in early June, which was received by Charles Schwarzel, and Koepka is more likely to obtain the identical therapy.

An announcement from the group mentioned: “Gamers are knowledgeable that they’ve been suspended or now not eligible to take part within the PGA Tour, together with the President’s Cup.

“As you recognize, the gamers listed under haven’t obtained the required conflicting details about occasions and media rights – or haven’t utilized for a launch in any respect – and their participation within the Saudi LIV Golf Occasion violates our Event Rules. The identical destiny befalls different gamers concerned in future occasions of the Saudi Golf League. “

It was additionally introduced on Wednesday that LIV gamers will probably be admitted to the competitors on the a hundred and fiftieth Open Championship in July. The US Open additionally allowed LIV golfers to take part.

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