Rory McIlroy brands LIV golfers 'duplicitous' after Koepka jumps

Rorymcilroy

Rory McIlroy has once again jumped to the defence of the PGA Tour, branding players who have moved to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf tour “duplicitous” for their actions. 

His comments came amid rumours that Brooks Koepka was the latest big-name PGA Tour star to join the Greg Norman-led rebel circuit, which is causing shockwaves in the world of golf. 

Minutes later, it was confirmed Koepka had moved to LIV.

Two years ago Koepka said he “already had enough” money that he could retire, adding: “If someone handed me $200m tomorrow, it’s not going to change my life.” 

But that bravado appears to have been tested to the full, with the four-time major champ joining Dustin Johnston, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen on the 54-hole no cut circuit. 

Speaking this afternoon at the Traveler’s Championship in Connecticut, McIlroy threw shade at Koepka for appearing to say one thing, then doing another. 

• LIV players allowed to play Open

• The 150th Open: The field in full

“Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he said previously,” said McIlroy, who serves as Chairman of the Player Advisory Council for the PGA Tour. “I think that’s why I’m surprised at a lot of these guys because they say one thing and then they do another, and I don’t understand that. And I don’t know if that’s for legal reasons or if they can’t... I have no idea - but it’s pretty duplicitous on their part to say one thing and then do another thing.” 

Pressed on what he meant and whether he was referring solely to Koepka’s comments last week, he said he was referring to the entire process of the supposed LIV ‘takeover’. 

“The whole way through,” he said. “The whole way through, in public and private, all of it. Look, there’s obviously going to be some elevated events coming up here, and I think that’s important. I think it’s important for the future of the tour, and it’s important for where we are right now. But I don’t think it will minimise any other tournaments. You’re going to have tournaments that guys love to play, and they're going to come back and keep playing them.” 

McIlroy was speaking to the media before Jay Monahan’s press conference, where he announced “significant changes” to the future PGA Tour schedule, including massive increases in purse sizes for certain events, and a revised Fall Series. 

Monahan said the announcements were not related to what he called Greg Norman’s “Saudi Golf League”. 

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
Drivers
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
Ping
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
Titleist
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
Cobra
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Tommy Fleetwood backs ground-breaking handicap scheme
Rory McIlroy hails verdict in “personal” LIV Golf battle
Richie Ramsay lifts lid on hilarious Tiger Woods story
PGA Tour predicts HUGE prize money increase
Gary Player’s son responds to "simply not true” auction claims

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Denis Pugh’s stepping-stone to better golf
Watch
play button
Open up your left foot to get through the ball
Watch
play button
How to make a consistent backswing
Watch
play button
Increase your shoulder turn and improve your golf
Callaway
See all videos right arrow