(CNN)Brooks Koepka, a four-time large champion, is the latest golfer to articulation the Saudi-back LIV Golf Invitational Series, according to aggregate reports.
LIV Golf is expected to denote the quality of the erstwhile satellite No.1, who is presently ranked 19th, to its bid "in the coming days," ESPN reports.
The LIV Golf series, which began successful London this month, is simply a caller circuit organized by LIV Golf Investments which consists of 8 events crossed the world. But the lawsuit is contentious, and arsenic a effect of joining LIV Golf, Koepka is expected to beryllium banned from the PGA Tour.
Earlier this month, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan announced that each golfers playing successful the breakaway bid volition nary longer beryllium eligible to enactment successful PGA Tour tournaments.
CNN has reached retired to LIV Golf and Koepka's representatives for comment.
Koepka is expected to vie successful the adjacent LIV Golf tournament, which is scheduled to instrumentality spot from June 30 to July 2 astatine Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club adjacent Portland, Oregon, per reports.
The prima told Golf Digest successful 2020: "Money doesn't matter. It's not thing that's important. I conscionable privation to beryllium happy. Money's not going to marque maine happy. I conscionable privation to play against the best.
"If idiosyncratic gave maine $200 cardinal tomorrow, it's not going to alteration my life. What americium I going to get retired of it? I already person [enough money] that I could discontinue close now, but I don't privation to. I conscionable privation to play golf," helium added.
Last week astatine the US Open, the 32-year-old said helium was bushed of talking astir LIV Golf and said the media was casting a "black cloud" implicit the 122nd US Open, a non-PGA Tour event. Koepka's brother, Chase, played successful the inaugural LIV Golf lawsuit successful London earlier this month.
Fronted by erstwhile satellite No. 1 Greg Norman, the team-based bid runs from June to October. It is backed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) -- a sovereign wealthiness money chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the antheral who a US quality study named arsenic liable for approving the cognition that led to the 2018 execution of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Bin Salman has denied engagement successful Khashoggi's murder.
The eye-watering wealth connected connection attracted a premix of golfers to motion up for the opening lawsuit successful London, from each ages, backgrounds and occurrence connected the play course.
Six-time large victor Phil Mickelson and erstwhile satellite No. 1 Dustin Johnson are amongst those who headlined the event, portion different large winners Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel besides participated.