Adam Scott hopes class and experience will prevail after snatching a share of the Australian Open halfway lead with a spectacular finish to his course-record-equalling second round.
Koepka: LIV talk casts ‘black cloud’ over Open
BROOKLINE, Mass. — Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka criticized reporters Tuesday for asking him questions about the rival LIV Golf Invitational Series, which he said was casting a “black cloud” over this week’s U.S. Open.
“I’m here at the U.S. Open,” Koepka said. “I’m ready to play the U.S. Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the U.S. Open. It’s one of my favorite 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.”
When Koepka was asked if there was a monetary amount that would cause him to defect to LIV Golf as well, he said he hadn’t “given it that much thought.”
“I’m trying to focus on the U.S. Open, man,” Koepka said. “I legitimately don’t get it. I’m tired of the conversations. I’m tired of all this stuff. Like I said, y’all are throwing a black cloud on the U.S. Open. I think that sucks. I actually do feel bad for the [USGA] for once because it’s a s—ty situation. We’re here to play, and you are talking about an event that happened last week.”
Two-time major champion Collin Morikawa said he’s also tired of LIV speculation.
“I think these guys have made their decisions,” Morikawa said. “I mean, it is upsetting. I’ve been out here for three years, and I never would have imagined this is what we would have to deal with three years in as being a professional. All I dreamt about was playing on the PGA Tour, making putts to win tournaments, winning majors, and for me it’s just how do I get back to focusing on that? This has been such a big distraction. It’s enjoyable to talk about it because we all like gossip, right? We all like the drama.
“At the end of the day, that’s what it is. We’re all trying to assume or make assumptions or make guesses about what this or that or who is going or what’s going to happen next. We know just as much as you. We really do.”
Koepka, who won back-to-back U.S. Open titles in 2017 and 2018, has made just two tour starts since April, missing the cut at the Masters and tying for 55th at the PGA Championship. He married longtime girlfriend Jena Sims in Turks and Caicos on June 4.
Koepka has been bothered by knee and wrist injuries over the past several months.
“I’ve had a lot of other stuff going on,” said Koepka, who is ranked 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking. “Sometimes, golf is great and all and I love it, but at the same time I’ve got other stuff I’ve got to do. The wedding was a big thing, but just taking care of my body, making sure I’m 100% right.”
Koepka’s younger brother, Chase, played in LIV Golf’s inaugural event outside London last week. He tied for 33rd and made $150,000. He had about $315,000 in career earnings in PGA Tour-sanctioned events before that start.
“Obviously, LIV is trying to make a big push for golf,” Koepka said. “Look, I mean, I love my brother. I support him in anything he does. It’s family. I’ll always love and support him. Whatever he does, I’m cheering for him.”