It was no coincidence.
As PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan started to talk to reporters shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday at TPC River Highlands prematurely of this week’s Travelers Championship to handle the state of the tour, LIV Golf dropped its official launch asserting that Brooks Koepka has joined its tour.
News of Koepka’s imminent defection was working rampant on Tuesday, however nonetheless there have been some who had been shocked by his bounce for a number of causes, the primary of which was his previous vocal reactions against it.
“Am I shocked?’’ Rory McIlroy mentioned Wednesday. “Yes, due to what he mentioned beforehand. That’s why I’m shocked at plenty of these guys as a result of they are saying one factor after which they do one other, and I don’t perceive that and I don’t know if that’s for authorized causes or if they will’t … I do not know.
“But it’s pretty duplicitous on their part to say one thing and then do another thing.”
Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 ranked participant on this planet, additionally expressed “surprise.”
“I was at a function with him last week and (LIV) definitely wasn’t what he had in mind,” Scheffler mentioned Wednesday. “We had been centered on constructing the PGA Tour and getting the blokes which can be staying right here collectively and sort of simply having talks and determining what how we may help profit the Tour. So, to see Brooks go away was positively a shock for us.
“With that being said, he’s made his decision. I’m not going to knock him for doing that. He made the decision that’s best for him and I’m not going to be one to judge him on that.”
Said Monahan: “Listen, every player that’s left, I’m going to say I have great admiration and respect for the contributions that they have made to the PGA Tour. I’m disappointed that Brooks Koepka has left and has joined the LIV Golf series. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him about it, and I look forward to having a conversation with him, but I’m not going to share any more than that at this point in time.”