Is Koepka Having Doubts Over His LIV Move?
One of golf's biggest imponderables is what happens to those LIV Golf players who are surplus to requirements or, perish the thought, no longer want to be part of the breakaway circuit.
Alan Shipnuck is one of the game's leading journalists, having worked at Sports Illustrated and Golf Magazine, and is now a partner at the Fire Pit Collective. More recently he penned Phil Mickelson's unauthorised biography where he very nearly put an end to LIV Golf before it had even got off the ground
Shipnuck runs an Ask Alan Q&A from his Twitter account and one of this week's questions was 'Who's the first LIV golfer to come back to the PGA Tour?
This is how Shipnuck replied: "I’m hearing a lot of rumblings that Brooks Koepka has buyer’s remorse. He took the money when his brittle body was still being put back together, and in private he has confided to folks he wasn’t sure if he would ever get fully healthy again. But now Koepka is feeling frisky and supposedly rethinking his career choice.
"The guy has one of the biggest egos in golf, and as the PGA Tour creates ever-increasing buzz with its elevated events and even the state-sanctioned TGL, Koepka has to feel like he’s on the outside looking in. As for the mechanics of returning to his old place of business, a lot hinges on the European Tour lawsuit that is being reviewed by arbitrators in the UK.
"If the players prevail, that opens the door for the LIV guys to have unfettered access to the Euro Tour, which will be a boon to a struggling circuit. It would also position LIVers to play for Europe in the Ryder Cup, all of which would put intense pressure on the PGA Tour to forge a truce with LIV.
"Secretly, Monahan would love for some big-name LIV guys to come home because it would be a p.r. bonanza for the PGA Tour."
Greg Norman's son was quick to reply with 'No. Bs.' but the prospect of some of the game's huge names to do an about turn is a fascinating one. Then we get into a whole load of different questions and whether players will be allowed back but, as Shipnuck suggests, the PR of having these players coming back would be a huge tick in the PGA Tour box.
On the recent Netflix Full Swing docuseries Koepka admitted that the WM Phoenix Open was his favourite tournament on tour – the American, who reportedly signed on for around $100m, was missing the cut in Oman on the Asian Tour when that was taking place last week.
This year his Smash GC team will consist of his brother Chase, Jason Kokrak and Matthew Wolff.