Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from this week’s Vacationers Championship, the PGA Tour introduced Tuesday evening.
The four-time main champion is becoming a member of the LIV Golf Invitational Collection, sources confirmed to ESPN earlier Tuesday.
Koepka, 32, is likely one of the highest-profile gamers to affix the breakaway circuit, which is being funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund and is fronted by two-time Open winner Greg Norman.
LIV Golf is anticipated to announce the addition of Koepka within the coming days, sources confirmed. Koepka, who’s ranked nineteenth within the Official World Golf Rating, is anticipated to compete within the first LIV Golf occasion in america, at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, beginning June 30.
Koepka’s pending departure from the PGA Tour was first reported Tuesday by the Telegraph of London.
LIV Golf has now signed eight of the highest 50 gamers on this planet; Bryson DeChambeau (ranked thirtieth) and Patrick Reed (thirty eighth) are anticipated to compete within the occasion in Portland as effectively.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan suspended 17 gamers, together with two-time main winner Dustin Johnson and six-time main winner Phil Mickelson, for competing in LIV Golf’s inaugural occasion outdoors London two weeks in the past. Monahan had stated that tour gamers who competed in future LIV Golf tournaments with no conflicting-event launch would face related punishment.
Mark Hubbard will take Koepka’s place within the area for the Vacationers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach contributed to this report.