The drama between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf has subsided as the two are now heading towards a potential merger. However, LIV star Brooks Koepka reportedly had some choice words for both Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas after they criticized his departure.
Koepka was one of many PGA Tour players to make the leap for LIV Golf after receiving a massive payday from the Saudi-backed golf league. This led to him receiving a ton of controversy from fans and players alike, including comments from Spieth and Thomas.
Koepka seemingly took exception to his, according to golf writer Alan Shipnuck, who is releasing a book on the LIV-PGA Tour drama called “LIV and Let Die”.
The New York Post received an early excerpt of the book, which details that Koepka was at a private bar with fellow LIV player Dustin Johnson, and proceeded to rip both Spieth and Thomas for their heavy criticism.
“F*** all of those country club kids who talk s*** about me,” Koepka reportedly said. “You think I give a f*** what they think? You think I care what people say about me? I just had three surgeries, and I’m supposed to turn down $130 million? I grew up with nothing. After signing that contract, the first person I called was my mom. We both cried.”
This reportedly happened in the summer of 2022, pretty much the peak of the LIV-PGA Tour drama. So it isn’t exactly surprising that Koepka responded this way when he received criticism from his peers for receiving a life-changing amount of money from LIV.
Regardless, it is certainly interesting that he said this, particularly because Koepka recently played alongside Spieth and Thomas for the United States in the 2023 Ryder Cup.