BROOKLINE, Mass – After the mainstream media bombarded Phil Mickelson on Monday, where they tried to tie him to the 9/11 attacks, the nasty-toned, hypothetical LIV Golf questions started cropping up again during Brooks Koepka’s 8-minute 36-second press conference at The Country Club.
With the mainstream golf media fixated on LIV Golf for the past 5-6 months, the questions persisted only two days before the start of the 122nd U.S. Open but Brooks Koepka stepped up with a few startling responses.
“I’m here at the U.S. Open. I’m ready to play U.S. Open, and I think it kind of sucks, too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the U.S. Open,” said Koepka, a two-time U.S. Open champion and four-time major winner.
“It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give it, the more you keep talking about it.”
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Last week, the inaugural LIV Golf played its first tournament in London, won by Charl Swartzel and the headliners included Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter. Also last week, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed agreed to terms and will be participating in LIV Golf events. All of the players have been suspended from the PGA Tour by commissioner Jay Monahan.
He made his position clear in a heated exchange with the media, seeming especially peeved with questions about his brother, Chase Koepka, joining the LIV Golf.
Is there a dollar amount that would attract you to join LIV Golf?
Isn’t LIV Golf good for you since you can concentrate on majors and play 8-10 tournaments with huge purses?
“I don’t understand. I’m trying to focus on the U.S. Open, man. I legitimately don’t get it. I’m tired of the conversations. I’m tired of all this stuff,” he said.
“Like I said, y’all are throwing a black cloud on the U.S. Open. I think that sucks. I actually do feel bad for them for once because it’s a shitty situation.
“We’re here to play, and you are talking about an event that happened last week.”
In a testy exchange with Golfweek writer Eamon Lynch, a perpetual critic of players who joined LIV Golf, Koepka shot back at him.
“We’re here to play and you keep talking about an event that happened last week. I’m tired of the conversation. I’m tired of this stuff. You can’t drive a car looking in the rear view mirror can you?”
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