Hours Ahead of Epic $50 Million LIV Golf Event, Brooks Koepka Makes a Controversial Confession About the Sport

Published 10/20/2023, 3:26 PM EDT

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Brooks Koepka, the star of the LIV PGA merger has not left the headlines after his win at the LIV Jeddah. Be it because of the $8 million bag, Smashgc’s player relegation, or because of wife Jena Sims’ extravagant flaunting of her husband’s achievements, the PGA Champion has been on the top of the news racks.

Now, as the player preps for the upcoming feat in Miami, some new gossip has broken on the Jake Paul talk show that has raised some eyebrows. Here’s the full scoop. 

Brooks Koepka wrestles with the perception of golf as a sport with some controversial takes


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In a recent episode of ‘BS w/ Jake Paul,’ Brooks Koepka sat down for a nearly hour-and-a-half-long interview. The conversation during that span took multiple mind-boggling turns where Koepka not only gave detailed answers to the questions asked but also revealed some secrets here and there. 

During the interview, the five-time major champion was asked a question about whether or not he thinks golf is a real sport, and Koepka, on prompt, gave a somewhat undecided answer, stating, “Sometimes I think it is and sometimes I think it isn’t. I go back and forth.”


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Comparing the dedication and discipline of his fellow golfers that he sees on the greens, the LIV pro mentioned that he looks at the guys and knows how they train, and that makes him feel a certain way, and then on the other side, he sees golfers who have this air “‘ I’m going to go slam seven or eight beers every night then go play in the morning,’” around them, and that makes him feel different. 

This wasn’t the only conversation that happened in the episode. Keopka gave some very interesting answers to some controversial takes from the past as well.

Brooks Koepka dishes on the LIV PGA Tour merger

In the interview, Brooks Koepka also answered a question directed at the LIV PGA Tour merger. Koepka took up the question to explain to the viewers how the deal happened and how he was approached to be a part of it. He added that the conflict was about the divide that LIV was allegedly going to cause between the PGA Tour players. 


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The American pro also answered how “big” his LIV contract was, stating that it was a 9-figure contract, meaning that he made 100 million or more and he was happy with the purse. 

Koepka also mentioned how the shift of PGA Tour players to LIV started with veteran player Phil Mickelson, who was big on rights and player autonomy, talking about how the league owns a player moment, but with LIV, a player gets to be the star. Koepka mentioned that he took up the offer not only for the paycheck but also for how uncertain the future sounds. 


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As the player now gears up for Miami, what are your perceptions on his takes related to LIV Golf? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by:

Maheen Sajjad


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Maheen Sajjad is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having blazed through the ranks of the ES recruitment drive, Maheen has turned heads with her journalistic endeavor, which put her on the pedestal as an Editor for her college newsletter. Her journey into the world of golf began in the cozy confines of her home, where she watched her grandfather's weekend golf games.
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Abhishek Das