Brooks Koepka will reportedly become the youngest multiple Major winner to join LIV Golf ahead of the Portland event

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka is the latest golf star to spurn the PGA Tour for LIV Golf, according to multiple reports. That makes Koepka the biggest names to take part in the rival Saudi Arabia-backed tour, alongside Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson.

Koepka adds even more momentum to LIV Golf as the PGA Tour looks to rally the troops at the Travelers Championship this week. On Tuesday there will be a pure players’ meetingand PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is believed to be speaking on Wednesday.

According to the Telegraph, Koepka got a similar seven-figure deal to Mickelson, DeChambeau and Johnson when they skipped.

Koepka is the second tallest player to join the league. Johnson is currently ranked 16th in the official golf world rankings, while Koepka is ranked 19th.

Abraham Ancer, a 31-year-old one-time PGA Tour winner at the 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, joins him Tuesday in announcing a move to LIV Golf.

Koepka’s move could be a harbinger of more. Rumors rippled through the veins of the 2022 US Open at Brookline last week, suggesting that Koepka will not be the surname to be announced ahead of the LIV Golf event, which is set to take place in Portland next week. In fact, he’s almost certainly not the last top 20 player in the world to be announced.

Koepka’s brother Chase was part of the first event in London at the Centurion Club and that plays into all of this.

Last week at the US Open, Koepka wasn’t happy with the series of questions he received about LIV, but he wasn’t adamant about his commitment to the PGA Tour either. In hindsight, it was easy to see that this was coming (hell, im moment it was easy to see).

“Up to this point there was no other option, so where else do you want to go?” he asked.

As he was shoved over LIV, Koepka went defensive.

“Since last week,” he said. “That’s it. I didn’t play last week. I’m here. I’m here at the US Open. I’m ready to play US Open and I think it kind of sucks too, you throw that all black cloud over US Open. It’s one of my favorite events. I don’t know why you keep doing this.

“The more legs you give him, the more you talk about it.”

Later in the press conference he was even more defensive.

“I don’t understand,” he said. “Trying to focus on the US Open, man. I rightly do not understand. I’m tired of the conversations. I’m sick of all this stuff Cloud at the US Open. I think that sucks. I actually feel sorry for them for once because it’s a shitty situation. We’re here to gamble and you’re talking about an event that happened last week.

With Koepka’s departure, LIV rounded up all the bad guys on the PGA Tour. DeChambeau, Reed, Koepka and even players like Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter were all considered anti-heroes at some point in their careers. It’s created an interesting good-versus-evil dynamic between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf that’s among several dozen interesting storylines as it continues to redefine the future of professional golf.