Rory McIlroy continued to express his frustration with golfers who joined the LIV series, saying he found their comments and behavior “rather misleading”; Brooks Koepka is the last player ready to leave for the breakaway series
Last update: 22/06/22 23:55
Former world number one Rory McIlroy says surprised by Brooks Koepka’s decision to join Saudi-backed LIV Invitational series
Rory McIlroy says he was surprised by the “duplicitous” behavior of some of the golfers who joined the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.
Brooks Koepka, a four-time major winner, is the latest major player to leave the PGA Tour to join the controversial breakaway series.
Koepka withdrew from Thursday’s PGA Tour event, the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, and will compete in the second LIV event in Portland next week.
He will join Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson in moving on to the LIV series.
“Am I surprised? McIlroy asked before the Travelers Championship.
“Yes, because of what he said previously. I think that’s why I’m surprised by a lot of these guys because they say one thing and then they do another, and I don’t understand that. and I don’t know if it’s for legal reasons or if they can’t – I have no idea.
“But it’s pretty deceitful of them to say one thing and do another…all the way, in public and in private, all of it.”
World No. 4 Collin Morikawa denied saying he was set to follow Koepka in the LIV series, as did Justin Thomas, who is out of the Travelers Championship due to injury.
“Before the rumors started flying, I decided to WD to heal and rest my back that I tweaked earlier this week,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Just making sure everything is taken care of and ready for the rest of the PGA season as planned. I hate to miss one of the best/my favorite @TravelersChamp events!”
PGA Commissioner Jay Monahanh has revealed plans to compete with Series LIV, which includes price increases from 2024 and a lucrative “Fall Series”.
McIlory has been in fantastic form over the past month, winning the Canadian Open and then closing in on the US Open, which was won by Matt Fitzpatrick.
He says there is a bit of “fatigue setting in” as he prepares to play for the fourth consecutive week, but is “excited” to try to continue his high level of play.
“I had a night in my own bed in Florida on Monday night, which was really nice. But, yeah, I came back here yesterday and played the pro-am today and I’m going to bed early this evening. I started again early tomorrow.
Matt Fitzpatrick says he received a congratulatory phone call from Jack Nicklaus after winning the US Open at Brookline.
“But excited to start and especially to continue the form I’m on. I play very good golf and I want to keep trying to do that.
“I think the three weeks I’ve played, like Memorial, is a very demanding golf course. Canada wasn’t that demanding, but when you get in there and play on a weekend like that , it asks a lot of you. And then you follow it up with a US Open, so I think it’s a combination of everything.
“Mentally I’m fine, but I’m, you know, it’ll be good to rest this afternoon and get another good night’s sleep and get ready to play tomorrow. But four weeks in a row, it’s is pretty rare for me these days. I haven’t played four in a row in a while and you’re starting to remember why!”
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