LIFE Golf: Rory McIlroy calls gamers who swap ‘fairly double-edged’

Koepka (left) and McIlroy had a pleasant rivalry as they competed for majors

Rory McIlroy has described gamers becoming a member of LIV Golf as “just about double” as Brooks Koepka grew to become the most recent to maneuver to the brand new Saudi-backed collection.

The four-time main champion Koepka joins compatriots Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau within the new eight-event collection of $ 250 million (£ 200 million).

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

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

“I feel that is why I am shocked by loads of these guys as a result of they are saying one factor after which they do one other and I don’t perceive.

“I have no idea whether it is for authorized causes – I do not know – however it’s fairly double requirements on their half to say one factor after which do one other factor. Private and non-private.”

Talking on the US Open final week, the place he completed as quantity 55 after a nasty weekend, Koepka complained that questions concerning the LIV Golf collection threw a “black cloud” over the most important.

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

“As I mentioned to the gamers [on Tuesday], let me be clear, I am not naive. “If that is an arms race, and if the one weapons listed below are greenback payments, the PGA Tour can not compete with a international monarchy spending billions of {dollars} on shopping for the sport of golf,” Monahan mentioned.

“We welcome good, wholesome competitors. LIFE The Saudi Golf League shouldn’t be. It’s an irrational risk, a risk that’s not frightened about return on funding or actual development within the recreation.”

Koepka had already withdrawn from Thursday’s PGA Tour occasion, the Vacationers Championship, and has been described as an “unimaginable” addition to the LIV Golf collection by its CEO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

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

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

He joins his brother Chase within the collection, and on Tuesday it was introduced that 31-year-old Mexican Abraham Ancer, world quantity 20, has signed as much as play on the LIV Golf collection.

Koepka, now ranked 19, received the US Open in 2017 and 2018 and can be a two-time U.S. PGA Champion, claiming the Wanamaker Trophy in 2018 and 2019.

Norman added about Koepka: “There is no such thing as a underestimation of the affect that Brooks Koepka has had on the sport of golf over the past 5 years. He has a championship pedigree and a document for fulfillment as some of the elite gamers on this planet.”

The PGA Tour suspended 17 members who participated within the first event of the Centurion Membership earlier in June, which was received by Charl Schwartzel, and it’s possible that Koepka will obtain the identical remedy.

The group mentioned in a press release: “Gamers can be notified that they’ve been suspended or in any other case not eligible to take part within the PGA Tour event, together with the Presidents Cup.

“As you already know, gamers listed beneath didn’t obtain the mandatory notices of conflicting occasions and media rights – or didn’t apply for releases in any respect – and their participation within the Saudi Golf League / LIV Golf Occasion is in violation of our event guidelines. Similar destiny. applies to all different gamers collaborating in future Saudi Golf League occasions. “

It was additionally introduced on Wednesday that LIV gamers 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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