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Rory McIlroy brands LIV Golf players ‘duplicitous’ as Koepka is latest to move

Rory McIlroy brands LIV Golf players ‘duplicitous’ as Koepka is latest to move

  • Brooks Koepka to play in second LIV event in Oregon next week
  • PGA Tour set to ban the four-times major winner as a result

Rory McIlroy has labelled the players who have joined the LIV Golf Series “duplicitous” for the way they have handled their breakaway.

Brooks Koepka, the four-times major winner whose brother Chase played in the opening event at Centurion Club earlier this month, is set to sign up to the Saudi-backed invitational events. LIV Golf confirmed Koepka will play in the second 54-hole, 48-man tournament, which has a prize fund of $25m (£20.4m), in Oregon next week.

Only a few days ago, the 32-year-old, who will be suspended by the PGA Tour as a result of his decision, complained that questions on the topic at Brookline were throwing a “black cloud” over the US Open. In March, the former world No 2 Dustin Johnson also stressed his full commitment to the PGA Tour only to perform a U-turn three months later.

Asked whether he was surprised by Koepka’s decision, McIlroy, who is on the PGA’s tour’s player advisory council, said: “Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he said previously. I think that’s why I’m surprised at a lot of these guys because they say one thing and then they do another and I don’t understand.

“I don’t know if that’s for legal reasons or if they can’t – I have no idea – but it’s pretty duplicitous on their part to say one thing and then do another thing. In public and in private.”

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McIlroy is playing in the Travelers’ Championship in Connecticut this week, his fourth event in a row, and he says it is taking its toll. “I definitely feel like a little bit of fatigue setting in,” said the world No 2. “I got a night in my own bed down in Florida on Monday, which was really nice, but I came back up here yesterday and played the pro-am today.

“I must say yesterday my head hit the pillow and I was out so [some] mental fatigue after sitting through a five-hour board meeting [with tour officials] and trying to get through some of these issues.”

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