LIV Golf: Brooks Koepka says Rory McIlroy can “think whatever he wants” following the Northern Irishman’s labelling of some LIV Golf rebels as “duplicitous” for the way they joined the series.
Four-time major champion Koepka left the PGA Tour last week to join the contentious breakaway series, and he will compete in the second LIV event this week in Portland.
McIlroy did not mention Koepka by name, but he was critical of players who appeared to commit to the main Tour only to abandon ship.
But the American responded: “Look, I got respect for Rory as a player. He’s good. He’s phenomenal.
“I’ll be honest with you. I didn’t see it [the ‘duplicitous’ comment]. I didn’t hear about it until basically like a day ago.
“So, look, he’s entitled to his opinion. He can think about whatever he wants. He’s going to do what’s best for him and his family, I’m going to do what’s best for me and my family and can’t hate on anybody for that, and as I said, opinions change.”
DeChambeau describes his decision to join LIV Golf as a “personal business decision”
Meanwhile, Bryson DeChambeau, who will make his debut at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, has defended his decision to join LIV Golf.
“I personally think that I respect everyone’s opinion and decisions, just as I hope they would on our side as well,” the former US Open champion said.
Everybody is entitled to their own opinions, and from my perspective, we’re golfers. We’re providing entertainment globally, and we’ll continue to do so as time goes on.”
World number 31 also explained why he decided to join the breakaway tour.
“One of the things for me it was a personal business decision,” the 28-year-old said. “For me, I run and operate my golf as a business as well as wanting to be one of the better players in the world.
“Second off, it was going to give me more resources and opportunities to reinvest in my local community, in Dallas, and back at my original home in California where I can do things for junior golf tours, improve my foundation, and also build the multi-sport complex I’m going to build here shortly in Dallas, and also give me more time to rest, the ability to have weeks off and recover my body in the way I want to so that I can be prepared to give it my all when it comes a time, not be depleted every week and continuing to get depleted over the course of time.
“And then the last part is I saw that first event in London and how much fun everybody was having. That was exciting to me. And I wanted to be a part of something like that.”
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