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LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman has broken his silence after Brooks Koepka won a fifth major title at the PGA Championship last weekend. Koepka saw off the likes of Scottie Scheffler and Viktor Hovland to get his hands on his third US PGA crown on Sunday evening.
It was a historic moment for both the American and the LIV Golf setup, with Koepka becoming the first LIV member to win a major title since the Saudi-backed series was formed last summer. Many have been quick to question whether those on the rebel circuit still have what it takes to compete against their PGA Tour rivals.
Koepka has since squashed that theory though, having backed up his tied-second finish at the Masters alongside fellow LIV star Phil Mickelson with his victory at Oak Hill last week. One man who was pleased more than most was the breakaway league’s boss Norman.
And he took to social media on Sunday to pay tribute to both Koepka, and the efforts of his fellow LIV members. He tweeted: “Congrats Brooks Koepka your comeback has been impressive. I am so proud of you.”
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“As for LIV Golf League players they belong and the majors and golf knows. Three LIV Golfers in the top ten, five in the top 20, 11 made the cut.” Amid Norman’s congratulations Koepka himself was quizzed on whether he had spoken to Norman in the hours after his win.
It seemed the only person the US PGA champion had any interest in speaking to though was his wife Jena, as he responded: “I called my wife (Jena), and that’s it. That’s the only person I’m really interested in talking to.
“I texted — my boys are here, and I’m just hanging with them and talking to my wife, and I can feel my phone buzzing even as we’re talking right now. Last I looked, I think there were 600 text messages. I’ll go through them.”
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One man who believes Koepka’s victory will only help the LIV cause is his fellow defector and ex-rival Bryson DeChambeau. “Yeah, I definitely think it helps LIV, but I’m more interested in my own self right now, to be honest with you,” revealed DeChambeau.
“Yeah, it’s a huge thing for LIV, but at the same time I’m out here competing as an individual at the PGA Championship. I’m just happy to take this home for the third time. I think I was the first guy to win two LIV events. To win a major is always a big deal no matter where you’re playing.”
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