It was not accidental.
When PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan began speaking to reporters shortly after noon. 13 Wednesday at the TPC River Highlands ahead of this week’s Travelers Championship to talk about the state of the tour, LIV Golf dropped its official release and announced that Brooks Koepka had joined its tour.
The news of Koepka’s impending defection ran wild on Tuesday, yet there were some who were surprised by his leap for several reasons, the first of which was his previous vocal reactions to it.
“Am I surprised?” said Rory McIlroy on Wednesday. “Yeah, because of what he said earlier. That’s why I’m surprised a lot of these guys because they say one thing and then they do another and I do not understand and I do not know if it is for legal reasons or if they can not… I have no idea.
“But it’s pretty double-edged on their part to say one thing and then do another thing.”
Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, also expressed “surprise”.
“I went to a party with him last week and [LIV] That was certainly not what he had in mind, ” Scheffler said Wednesday. “We were focused on building the PGA Tour and getting the guys who stay here together, and in a way just talking and figuring out how we can help benefit the Tour. So watching Brooks leave was definitely a surprise. for us.
“That said, he has made his decision. I will not beat him to do it. He made the decision that is best for him and I will not be the one to judge him on it.”
Monahan said: “Listen, every player who is left, I would like to say that I have great admiration and respect for the contributions they have made to the PGA Tour. I am disappointed that Brooks Koepka has left and joined ‘I’m not had the opportunity to talk to him about it and I’m looking forward to having a conversation with him, but I’m not going to share more than that at the moment.’ ‘