Rory McIlroy has described Brooks Koepka as deceitful after the four-times main winner’s defection to the breakaway LIV Golf Invitational Sequence.
The Northern Irishman additionally urged the PGA and European Excursions to affix forces in opposition to the Saudi-backed enterprise on Wednesday.
Koepka, a former world No.1, has change into the newest huge identify to affix the profitable Greg Norman-fronted LIV Sequence, becoming a member of an inventory that features six-times main champion Phil Mickelson, former Masters winner Dustin Johnson and former US Open victor Bryson DeChambeau.
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Koepka was the second participant, behind Rory McIlroy, to talk out in opposition to a rival league with simply 48-player fields in March 2020 when he mentioned, “I have a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players … Money isn’t going to change my life.”
Among the many PGA Tour’s most vocal backers, McIlroy, chatting with the media forward of this week’s Vacationers Championship in Connecticut, criticised Koepka and others for turning their backs on the PGA Tour after beforehand expressing their assist.
“Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he (Koepka) said previously,” mentioned McIlroy, who has moved as much as No.2 on this planet rankings following a profitable title defence on the Canadian Open and tie for fifth on the US Open.
“That’s why I’m surprised at a lot of these guys because they say one thing and then they do another.
“It is fairly duplicitous on their half to say one factor after which do one other factor.”
The PGA Tour has suspended members who signed up to play with LIV Golf and said others who follow them will face the same punishment.
However, they were able to play at the US Open last week and were given the all-clear by the R&A on Wednesday to tee it up at the British Open at St Andrews from July 14-17.
The LIV Series will play its first American event in Portland, Oregon from June 30-July 2 at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, going head-to-head with the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.
Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), LIV Golf held its first event in London this month.
With more-and-more players tempted by the massive purses of the LIV Series, McIlroy called on the PGA and European Tours to come up a plan.
“I’ve at all times advocated for one thing the place the excursions work extra carefully collectively or we create some type of world tour mannequin or ATP mannequin,” said the four-times major winner.
“I wish to see the PGA Tour and the European Tour begin to work extra carefully collectively and perhaps attempt to forge a path to the place all the most important golf occasions on this planet are beneath the identical umbrella.”