Brooks Koepka withdraws from PGA Tour's Travelers Championship after news he will join LIV Golf Invitational Series
Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from this week's Travelers Championship, the PGA Tour announced Tuesday night.
The four-time major champion is joining the LIV Golf Invitational Series.
Koepka, 32, is one of the highest-profile players to join the breakaway circuit, which is being funded by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and is fronted by two-time Open winner Greg Norman.
LIV Golf formally announced the addition of Koepka on Wednesday. Koepka, who is ranked 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking, will compete in the first LIV Golf event in the United States, at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, starting June 30.
LIV Golf has now signed eight of the top 50 players in the world; Bryson DeChambeau (ranked 30th) and Patrick Reed (38th) are expected to compete in the event in Portland as well.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan suspended 17 players, including two-time major winner Dustin Johnson and six-time major winner Phil Mickelson, for competing in LIV Golf's inaugural event outside London two weeks ago. Monahan had said that tour players who competed in future LIV Golf tournaments without a conflicting-event release would face similar punishment.
Mark Hubbard will take Koepka's place in the field for the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.
LIV Golf members allowed to play 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews, R&A announces
Players involved in the LIV Golf Invitational Series will be allowed to compete at the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews next month, the R&A announced Wednesday.
The decision follows the USGA allowing players who have joined the LIV Golf Series, which is financially backed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, to play at this past weekend's U.S. Open. England's Matt Fitzpatrick won the major at The Country Club.
Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka became the latest player to make the switch to LIV Golf, a move announced Wednesday, as he joined others such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.
"The Open is golf's original championship and since it was first played in 1860, openness has been fundamental to its ethos and unique appeal," R&A CEO Martin Slumbers said in a statement. "Players who are exempt or have earned a place through qualifying for The 150th Open in accordance with the entry terms and conditions will be able to compete in the Championship at St. Andrews. We are focused on staging a world class championship in July and celebrating this truly historic occasion for golf. We will invest the proceeds of The Open, as we always do, for the benefit of golf which reflects our purpose to ensure that the sport is thriving 50 years from now."
LIV Golf hosted its first event in St. Albans, on the outskirts of London, earlier this month, with former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel winning the tournament.
Sources told ESPN on Tuesday that the PGA Tour has plans to respond to the direct threat of LIV Golf, which has now signed eight of the top 50 players, introducing a revamped schedule that will include increased purses worth at least $20 million at eight existing marquee events. The tour's players advisory committee and board have yet to approve the changes.
PGA Tour members were told of the plans in a meeting at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, on Tuesday.
Reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa repeated his assertion Tuesday that he will not join LIV Golf.
"To state for the record, once again, you all are absolutely wrong. I've said it since February at Riviera that I'm here to stay on the @PGATOUR and nothing has changed. Now if you'll excuse me, I've got some cereal to pour in my milk," Morikawa tweeted.fghf drfgdf ddrgf