Brooks Koepka went on foul-mouthed rant about fellow pros – such as Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth – after criticism over his decision to join LIV Golf, new book claims: ‘F*** all of those country club kids’
- A soon-to-be-released book ‘LIV and Let Die’ details golf’s recent civil war
- Brooks Koepka is said to have slammed his critics to fellow LIV Golf defectors
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Brooks Koepka launched a foul-mouthed tirade against fellow players – such as Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas – after criticism over his decision to join LIV Golf, telling other defectors: ‘F*** all of those country club kids’
That is according to a new book, ‘LIV and Let Die’, which details the ugly fallout from golf’s bitter civil war between the PGA Tour and the Saudi breakaway.
Koepka, a five-time major winner, was among the most high-profile players to ignore the outcry and join LIV Golf.
‘LIV and Let Die’ claims that, following the breakaway’s second tournament in 2022, the rebel tour put on a jet to carry players to the JP McManus Pro-Am in Ireland.
There they rubbed shoulders with PGA Tour loyalists and following the closing party, Koepka was joined in a bar by fellow LIV golfers Jason Kokrak, Pat and Ashley Perez, and Dustin Johnson.
Brooks Koepka reportedly launched a tirade against critics of his decision to join LIV Golf
‘F*** all of those country club kids,’ Koepka supposedly said about the likes of Jordan Spieth (L) and Justin Thomas (R)
‘Despite the relaxed setting, Koepka radiated some heat when reflecting on his career change. “F*** all of those country club kids who talk shit about me,” he said, referring to the likes of Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and others,’ Shipnuck writes.
Instead, the 33-year-old is said to have offered a heartfelt explanation for his defection.
‘“You think I give a f*** what they think? You think I care what people say about me? I just had three surgeries, and I’m supposed to turn down $130 million?”
‘”I grew up with nothing. After signing that contract, the first person I called was my mom. We both cried.”’
Koepka was teammates with Spieth, Thomas and many PGA loyalists at last week’s Ryder Cup
Back in June, the PGA and DP World Tour announced a merger with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which bankrolls LIV.
And only last week, Koepka was teammates with Spieth, Thomas and many PGA loyalists at the Ryder Cup.
NBC’s coverage of the match attracted only 1.41million average viewers on Saturday and 1.32million on Sunday as Team USA fell to Team Europe at Marco Simone in Rome.
That’s down big from when the tournament was last played across the pond – where 2.12m viewers watched on Saturday and 2.47m watched on Sunday at Le Golf National outside Paris.
Part of that drawback can be attributed to the start of the events. Friday coverage began at an 1:30am ET (10:30pm PT Thursday), while Saturday coverage started at 2:30am ET (11:30pm PT Friday) and Sunday’s coverage started at 5:30am ET (2:30am PT).
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