Golf: Brooks Koepka’s win prompts LIV golfers to react
ROCHESTER, New York – Brooks Koepka was not wearing his LIV Tour team logo when he won his fifth major title at the 105th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club on Sunday.
However, Greg Norman’s circuit couldn’t have asked for more from the ace golfer. Koepka’s two-stroke triumph over Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler was the first by a LIV golfer in a major tournament.
Other members of the Saudi-funded tour said it proved they belonged in the biggest competitions in golf.
“It confirms everything we have said from the beginning. We play at the highest level and we have the ability to win major championships, said Bryson DeChambeau. I hope now that people can see the positive and that we are trying to give golf something new. I think in the end both parties will have to develop together for the benefit of the sport. »
Koepka – who picked up his second win at the LIV golf course in Florida in April and then finished second at the Masters the following week – didn’t seem too interested in talking about what his win could bring to his new league.
“Yeah, I think it helps on the circuit, but I’m more interested in myself right now, to be honest with you,” Koepka said after his victory. It’s a huge thing for LIV, but at the same time I’m here competing as an individual at the PGA Championship. I’m just happy to bring home this title for the third time.
LIV golf commissioner Greg Norman made a point to congratulate Koepka on social media.
Congratulations @BKoepka your comeback has been impressive. I’m so proud of you. regarding @livgolf_league players they belong to and the Majors and golf know. 3 LIV golfers in the top 10, 5 in the top 20, 11 made the cut.
— Greg Norman (@SharkGregNorman)
21 May 2023
“Congratulations Brooks. Your comeback has been truly impressive and I am very proud of you. The golfers from LIV golf have demonstrated that they deserve their place at the majors,” he wrote on Twitter.
Four other LIV golfers finished in the top-20: DeChambeau tied for fourth at -3, Cameron Smith tied for ninth at -1 and Patrick Reed and Mito Pereira tied for 18th at +2.
“We’re still here,” said Smith, the defending British Open champion. We haven’t forgotten how to play golf. We’re all good golfers and we know what we can do and I think that’s what we’re trying to do. »