Brooks Koepka Closes Door On Premier Golf League: "I Am Out"

The four-time Major winner says that he is "going with the PGA Tour" and will not be joining the Premier Golf League

Brooks Koepka Closes Door On Premier Golf League
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The four-time Major winner says that he is "going with the PGA Tour" and will not be joining the Premier Golf League

Brooks Koepka Closes Door On Premier Golf League: "I Am Out"

Rory McIlroy dealt the proposed Premier Golf League a huge blow last month by saying that he won't do it, and Brooks Koepka may have just given the newly-proposed golf league a final nail in the coffin.

The World No.3 has followed McIlroy in saying that he is "out."

That is after Jon Rahm also said that he won't be joining, meaning the World's Numbers one, two and three have all said they're out.

Koepka told the Associated Press that he met with the PGL representatives at the Genesis Invitational in February and has been waiting to announce his decision at a time that wouldn't be a distraction.

With the golfing world, and the world in general, turned upside down currently due to the coronavirus, this has presented a good time for Koepka to air his thoughts.

“I am out of the PGL. I’m going with the PGA Tour,” Koepka told The Associated Press.

“I have a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players.

“I get that the stars are what people come to see.

“But these guys who we see win, who have been grinding for 10 or 15 years, that’s what makes the cool stories. I’d have a hard time looking at guys and putting them out of a job.”

The main reason why Rory McIlroy said he was out was due to the Premier Golf League's strict policy of all 48 players signing up to play in all 18 tournaments.

Koepka also isn't a big fan of that, and mentioned as well that the huge money on offer in the PGL isn't enough to tempt him.

“Money isn’t going to change my life,” he said.

“There’s something to be said about freedom of playing. I get to chose. To me, it’s not worth it.

I’m happy with how things are. When life is good — and it’s real good — you don’t want to change it. I think the PGA Tour is run beautifully.

“I plan on playing the PGA Tour for the rest of my life."

Jon Rahm also said that he plans to support the PGA Tour going forward.

“I think what I’m going to do is focus on just the PGA Tour,” Rahm told Golfweek.

“At the end of the day I’m a competitor, I’m a PGA Tour member and I’m going to stay that way.”

Bubba Watson has also committed himself to the PGA Tour.

"Like @BKoepka @McIlroyRory my loyalty is with the @PGATOUR," he tweeted.

"The way Jay Monahan and the Tour have handled the current situation makes me proud to be a member!

"One of many reasons I want to play on this Tour for the rest of my career #PGATour #ProudMember."

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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