Masters Champion Scottie Scheffler admitted that he was very surprised about the decision Brooks Koepka made recently about joining the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series. He said that considering, ‘it’s not what he had in mind’ last week when he spoke against the controversial tour. The 25-year-old claimed that he thought that Koepka was ‘on board’ with building the PGA Tour.
The 4-time major winner has recently changed his mind and will be teeing it up at the next LIV Golf event. Koepka was announced as the most recent LIV Golf Invitational Series player minutes into a press conference where the PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was outlining changes and the increased prize purses for the next competition season. “That was definitely a surprise for me,” Scheffler admitted.
“Wasn’t what he had in mind”
Speaking about what he thought about Koepka’s decision, Scheffler said, “I was at a function with him last week and definitely wasn’t what he had in mind. We were focused on building the PGA Tour and getting the guys that are staying here together and kind of just having talks and figuring out what, how we can help benefit the Tour”.
“So, to see Brooks leave was definitely a surprise for us,” Scheffler said. He continued, “With that being said, he’s made the decision. I’m not going to knock him for doing that. He made the decision that’s best for him and I’m not going to be one to judge him on that”. Starting next year, the PGA Tour is making several changes, particularly with its monetary compensation to the players, with purses of $20 million or more for each.
When asked about whether he would ever move to the rival Tour, Scheffler said, “For me, it’s not where I see myself heading anytime soon. I grew up wanting to be on the PGA Tour. I grew up dreaming of playing in the Centurion Club in London or whatever. I grew up wanting to play in the Masters”.