Brooks Koepka, a four-time Major champion and former World No.1, has become the latest LIV Golf star to drop out of the world’s top 100. This marks the end of his almost ten-year spell inside the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking. Since joining LIV Golf in June, Koepka has only played in three OWGR-sanctioned events, which could be a contributing factor to his drop in ranking. This decline in form is not unique to Koepka, as several other LIV players have recently seen similar fates.
In December, 2022 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau also dropped out of the top 100 for the first time in five-and-a-half years, currently ranking at No.131. Louis Oosthuizen, who has been inside the top 100 every week since January 2009, is currently ranked at 100th.
Anirban Lahiri, who is currently ranked 99th, is also in danger of sliding out of the top 100 very soon. Paul Casey, who has been in the top 100 since 2014, is ranked No.94 and is another player who looks likely to fall out in the coming weeks.
The drop in form of these LIV Golf stars is a testament to the highly competitive nature of professional golf. With new talent emerging and established players constantly improving their game, it is becoming increasingly challenging to maintain a spot in the top 100. The COVID-19 pandemic has also disrupted the schedules of players and affected their form, making it difficult to maintain consistency.
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Possible reasons for Brooks Koepka’s drop in form
While Brooks Koepka’s drop in form may be attributed to several factors, his lack of participation in OWGR-sanctioned events is one possible reason. Since joining LIV Golf, Koepka has played in only three OWGR-sanctioned events, which could have impacted his ranking. Other factors such as injuries and changes in swing mechanics could also be contributing factors.
It remains to be seen whether Koepka will bounce back and reclaim his spot in the top 100. However, his drop in form serves as a reminder that maintaining consistency in professional golf is challenging, and players must constantly work to improve their game.
In conclusion, Brooks Koepka’s drop in ranking is the latest in a series of declines for several LIV Golf stars. The highly competitive nature of professional golf and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to these drops in form. While Koepka’s drop in ranking is disappointing, it remains to be seen whether he will bounce back and regain his spot in the top 100.
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