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4-time major winner Koepka set to leap to LIV Golf Series

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Tuesday، 21 June 2022 11:20 PM

Brooks Koepka is expected to join the LIV Golf Series and participate in the first event in the US on June 30, according to multiple reports. Koepka and Abraham Ancer of Mexico are ranked Nos 19 and 20 in the Official World Golf Rankings but reportedly will depart the PGA Tour for the LIV in the coming days. The building current behind the start-up tour would include eight of the top 50 in the OWGR, including Koepka’s nemesis Bryson DeChambeau (30th). Ancer withdrew from the US Open last week citing illness.
As friction builds between players and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, 17 players have been suspended from playing in Tour events, including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. 
Presumably, Koepka, a four-time major winner, would be added to the banned list, as would Ancer, 31. Spain’s Jon Rahm, who said he was offered $400mn to join the LIV, and Ireland’s Rory McIlroy have been vocal in their position against leaving the PGA Tour.  But the limited schedule of events and “off course” opportunities are being cited by players who have signed on to the LIV, including Mickelson.
Monahan was scheduled to sit down with players in Connecticut today with a press conference scheduled tomorrow. The Travelers Championship kicks off this week, and Koepka is entered in the event. ESPN reported the PGA Tour’s players advisory council also was meeting today before the Monahan powwow.
Koepka is close friends with Johnson and his brother, Chase, played in the inaugural event in London. Injuries have slowed Brooks Koepka since he was ranked No. 1 in the world for 47 weeks, recording back-to-back wins at both the PGA Championship (2018-19) and U.S. Open (2017-18). Koepka, 32, said before the US Open that media was responsible for the uproar over the player exodus to the LIV, and giving the new tour “legs.”
“I’m here at the US Open,” he said. “I’m ready to play the US Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the USs Open. It’s one of my favourite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give (LIV Golf), the more you keep talking about it.”
European Tour returns to Singapore in 2023 
The DP World Tour will return to Singapore in 2023 for the first time in nine years, as the golf organisation beefs up its Asian footprint, it said yesterday.
Players will tee off for the Singapore Classic at the Laguna National Golf Resort Club on February 9 next year.
The tour last stopped in the city-state in 2014 at the same course. Previous winners of the tour’s Singapore events include Scottish legend Colin Montgomerie, China’s Zhang Lianwei and Liang Wenchong, and local star Mardan Mamat. 
“Asia continues to be an important region for the DP World Tour and we look forward to announcing further exciting events there in due course,” European Tour group chief executive Keith Pelley said in a statement.
Peter Kwee, Laguna National’s chairman, said: “We have a long history of hosting DP World Tour championship golf... We’re excited to once more welcome many of the world’s best players to our Club.” With prize money of $2mn, the tournament will be one of the region’s top sporting events, organisers said. 
The DP World Tour was first held in Singapore for two editions of the Johnnie Walker classic, won by Nick Faldo in 1993 at the Singapore Island Golf Club and Ian Woosnam in 1996 at the Tanah Merah Country Club.

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