By Matt Smith
In what was the least shocking LIV Golf ‘revelation’ of the past two weeks, the new-look Greg Norman series announced the signing of former world No. 1 and four-time major winner Brooks Koepka.
AS was widely expected, the American, currently No. 19 in the Offical Golf World Rankings, will tee it up alongside the likes of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, his brother Chase and one-time arch-rival Bryson DeChambeau at the LIV Golf Invitational Portland, kicking off June 30 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon.
One of the game’s most dominant players in recent years, Koepka is the first golfer in history to simultaneously hold back-to-back titles in two different majors — the US Open in 2017 and 2018, and the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019. He was the first player in three decades to win consecutive US Opens and held the world No. 1 ranking for 47 consecutive weeks, during which he continued to add to his list of career victories (15). Koepka has accumulated 72 top-10 finishes, has made four US national team appearances including three Ryder Cups.
“There’s no understating the impact that Brooks Koepka has had on the game of golf in the last five years. He carries a championship pedigree and record of success as one of the most elite players in the world,” said Greg Norman, LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner. “The addition of Brooks is yet another example of the incredible fields LIV Golf is assembling as we build momentum in our first season and look towards the future.”
The LIV Golf Invitational Series launched on June 9 at Centurion Club just outside London, where a prize pot of $25 million was shared between 48 players in 12 team, with individual winner walking away with a total of $4.75 million for three days’ work.
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