Brooks Koepka, Abraham Ancer join LIV Golf Series, rankings, top-20 players join rebel league, PGA Tour

Brooks Koepka, Abraham Ancer join LIV Golf Series, rankings, top-20 players join rebel league, PGA Tour

The Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series has made two of its biggest poachings yet, adding four-time major champion Brooks Koepka and fellow top-20 star Abraham Ancer.

Koepka, ranked 19th in the world, joins his brother Chase and long-time friend Dustin Johnson in the controversial rebel league, as first reported by The Telegraph.

Some 17 PGA Tour players who competed in the first LIV Golf tournament without a conflicting-event release were suspended.

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Koepka, along with Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, is expected to play in the first LIV Golf event in the US in Portland, Oregon from July 1.

His and Ancer’s signings give LIV Golf eight of the world’s top 50.

“I’m here at the US Open,” Koepka said last week amid questions about LIV Golf.

“I’m ready to play the US Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the US 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.”

Koepka has won the US Open and PGA Championship twice each, and tied for second at the Masters in 2019.

Greg Norman has said LIV will apply to the Official World Golf Rankings board of governors so its players can earn ranking points. Otherwise they will find it difficult to play majors in the future.

LIV is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund – in effect, the nation itself – which has seen golfers criticized for joining the sportswashing effort, given Saudi Arabia’s horrific human rights record.

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