NORTH PLAINS, OREGON - JUNE 28: Brooks Koepka of the United States speaks to the media during a press conference prior to the LIV Golf Invitational - Portland at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club on June 28, 2022 in North Plains, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/LIV Golf via Getty Images)
Brooks Koepka had his first press conference since joining LIV Golf ahead of the Portland event but it was hard not to see the hypocrisy in his comments.
With LIV Golf set to host its second event this week in Portland, that also means that it’s the first look at guys like Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Matthew Wolff and Brooks Koepka, among others, since they left the PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed league. As such, many of them stepped up to a microphone for their first press conferences since their decision to join.
There were plenty of cringe-worthy moments from all involved with the press conferences, including Pat Perez looking comically inept when asked about the much-maligned financial backing of LIV Golf by the Saudi government.
However, it was Koepka who looked perhaps the most foolish, partially due to an unnecessarily confrontational demeanor throughout his entire time at the podium, but also because of how his comments on Tuesday looked in relation to his previous comments about LIV Golf.
Not only had Koepka previously downplayed the upstart league headed by Greg Norman, but he’d also talked about the flexibility of the PGA Tour schedule being a positive for him because he’s not necessarily locked into playing any event, most recently saying so at the US Open just two weeks ago.
So when he said on Tuesday that the downtime he could get to recover by playing with LIV Golf, it was hard not to notice the hypocrisy.
Brooks two weeks ago at the U.S. Open vs. Brooks today at LIV. pic.twitter.com/QBHvEOqxL1
— Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) June 28, 2022
Koepka, like many others who have joined the league, offered hollow reasoning for leaving a PGA Tour when almost everyone knows that the real reason was that a big check was put in front of them and they didn’t turn it down.
Obviously, taking money that comes from a government with a horrendous human rights record is not a good thing — but the least that these golfers could do is be honest about it. They’re insulting the intelligence of fans to say it’s about anything other than the dollars and cents, and the hypocrisy created by the contrast of Koepka’s comments about the schedule when contrasted to what he said less than a month ago only makes that ring truer.
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