Brooks Koepka did not hesitate to rub the knife in the wound.
Immediately after Tuesday’s explosive news of the controversial LIV Golf circuit agreeing to a merger with the PGA Tour, Koepka fired Brandel Chamblee, the Golf Channel analyst who has been among the most vocal critics of the PGA-backed tour. ‘Saudi Arabia.
“Wellness check on Chamblee,” Koepka tweeted.
Chamblee, who is also a former PGA Tour pro, has frequently spoken out against LIV, blaming players who took payments to join the Rebel Tour – including Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed – to help the Saudi regime “sports wash” their image.
Last year, Reed filed a $750 million lawsuit against Chamblee and Golf Channel, with the 2018 Masters winner accusing the analyst of “calculated and malicious” attacks that “had a direct effect on his means. subsistence”.
Since then, Chamblee has been the target of the ire of LIV golfers – and has doubled down on his attacks on the rival circuit.
So with Tuesday’s shocking news of the two tours merging, as well as the European DP World Tour, Koepka – arguably the biggest star to join LIV since the PGA Tour – wasted no time being mean-spirited. .
Koepka’s coach, Claude Harmon III, also recently attacked Chamblee, calling him “an NBC and Golf Channel paid actor.”
Koepka recently put the finishing touches on his fifth career major, winning the 2023 PGA Championship at Oak Hill by two strokes over Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler.
LIV golfers have been cleared to play in all four majors since the tour began, and Koepka was the first active member of the tour to win one.
Koepka and Mickelson also finished tied for second at the Masters in April, with Koepka losing the lead to winner Jon Rahm in the final round and Mickelson shooting 7 under the last 18 holes.