Rory McIlroy hits out at LIV Golf rebels after Brooks Koepka’s move

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Rory McIlroy has been hugely critical of LIV Golf since its emergence (Picture: Getty)

Rory McIlroy has labelled LIV Golf rebels as ‘duplicitous’ after several PGA Tour stars performed a U-turn to join the circuit.

On Wednesday, four-time major winner Brooks Koepka confirmed he was signing up to the Saudi-backed series despite only days ago claiming the tour was casting a ‘black cloud’ over the US Open.

Meanwhile, former US Open winner Bryson DeChambeau pledged his allegiance to LIV Golf earlier this month, having previously turned down Greg Norman’s advances.

McIlroy, who has been an outspoken critic of the new tour, believes the actions of his peers do not match their words.

Speaking at the Travelers Championship, he said: ‘Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he (Koepka) 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.

Brooks Koepka signed up to LIV Golf earlier this week (Picture: Getty)

‘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.’

LIV Golf’s first tournament took place at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire earlier this month where South African Charl Schwartzel picked up a winner’s cheque worth over £3million.

The tour’s next event is due to be held in Portland, Oregon next week where the likes of Patrick Reed, DeChambeau and Koepka are set to join the field.

The PGA Tour have already suspended 17 of its members – including Dustin Johnson – for playing in St Albans and have warned future rebels will receive the same punishment.

However, earlier this week, the R&A – organisers of the Open Championship – announced that LIV Golf stars will not be banned from playing at St Andrews this year.

Chief executive Martin Slumbers said: ‘The Open is golf’s original championship and since it was first played in 1860, openness has been fundamental to its ethos and unique appeal.

‘Players who are exempt or have earned a place through qualifying for The 150th Open in accordance with the entry terms and conditions will be able to compete in the championship at St Andrews.’


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