Brooks Koepka insists Rory McIlroy can “suppose no matter he desires” after being accusing of being “duplicitous” for the way by which he joined LIV Golf.
Koepka, a four-time main winner, will make his debut within the Saudi-backed tour this week, with the second 54-hole, 48-man match kicking off in Portland on Thursday with a prize fund of $25 million (£20.4m).
The 32-year-old complained on the US Open earlier this month that questions on the Saudi-backed tour had been throwing a “black cloud” over the most important.
Whereas Dustin Johnson burdened his full dedication to the PGA Tour in March earlier than turning into the primary famous person title to affix Phil Mickelson forward of the inaugural occasion at Centurion Membership.
“Am I stunned? Sure, due to what he stated beforehand,” the Irishman stated. “I believe that’s why I’m stunned at lots of these guys as a result of they are saying one factor after which they do one other and I don’t perceive. It’s fairly duplicitous on their half to say one factor after which do one other factor. In public and in personal.”
However Koepka responded, insisting “opinions change”, including: “I obtained respect for Rory, as a participant, he is good, he is phenomenal. I did not see it till a day in the past. He is entitled to his opinion. He can suppose no matter he desires.
“He will do what’s greatest for him and his household. I’ll do what’s greatest for me and my household. You’ll be able to’t hate on anyone for that.”
In the meantime Bryson DeChambeau, who may also make his debut at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Membership, has detailed his causes for becoming a member of LIV Golf.
“One of many issues for me, was a private enterprise resolution,” stated the previous US Open champion. “I run and function my golf as enterprise in addition to eager to be one of many higher gamers on the planet.
“Second off, it was going to offer me extra sources and alternatives to reinvest in my area people in Dallas, and again at my authentic dwelling in California, the place I can do issues for junior golf excursions, enhance my basis and likewise construct the multi-sport complicated I’m going to be right here shortly in Dallas.
“And likewise give me extra time to relaxation — the power to have weeks off and recuperate my physique the best way I wish to in order that I may be ready to offer it my all when it comes time. Not be depleted each week and proceed to get depleted over the course of time.
“And the final half is, I noticed that occasion in London and I noticed how a lot enjoyable everybody was having. That was thrilling to me, and I wished to be part of one thing like that.”