LONDON (FIELD LEVEL MEDIA REUTERS) – Rory McIlroy didn’t hold back on Wednesday (June 22) when discussing PGA Tour players who have elected to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

McIlroy was asked if he was surprised about one golfer in particular – Brooks Koepka – for his decision to join the rival tour.

“Am I surprised? Yes, because of what he said previously,” McIlroy said.

“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 that and 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.”

When asked about when Koepka made his comments, McIlroy was blunt with his response.

“The whole way through. The whole way through, in public and private, all of it,” McIlroy said.

McIlroy and Koepka were slated to compete this week in the Travellers Championship in Cromwell, Conneticut. Koepka, however, withdrew from the PGA Tour event on Tuesday.

The LIV Golf Series announced on Wednesday afternoon that Koepka had joined. He is scheduled to participate in the first event in the United States on June 30 in Portland.

Koepka, 32, said before the US Open that media was responsible for the uproar over the player exodus to the LIV, and giving the new tour “legs.”

“I’m here at the US Open,” he said. “I’m ready to play the US Open, and I think it kind of (stinks), too, you are all throwing this black cloud over the US Open. It’s one of my favourite events. I don’t know why you guys keep doing that. The more legs you give (LIV Golf), the more you keep talking about it.”

Last modified: June 23, 2022