Brooks Koepka doesn’t necessarily think we’ve heard the end of a proposed Saudi-backed golf league, despite the chaos caused by Phil Mickelson’s comments and his statement on Tuesday.
"I think it’s going to still keep going," Koepka said Tuesday at the Honda Classic. "I think there will still be talk. I think ... everyone talks about money. They’ve got enough of it. I don’t see it backing down; they can just double up and they’ll figure it out. They’ll get their guys. Somebody will sell out and go to it.”
Rickie Fowler said he played in a pro-am in Abu Dhabi with two of the Saudi golf principals. "I've known those guys for quite a while," Fowler said Tuesday at the Honda Classic. "They love golf. They're golf nerds kind of like all of us.
"I don't see (the Saudi league) going away. They're not scared about the situation. It's been interesting to kind of learn the ins and outs of both sides, but yeah, it has been an interesting week or so these last five to seven days."
Koepka said he "skimmed" Mickelson’s statement, in which he apologized for his choice of words but not for being involved with LIV Golf Investments, the financial backer for the league.
"I’m happy with the PGA Tour," Koepka said. “I think everybody out here is happy. (Mickelson) can think whatever he wants to think, man. He can do whatever he wants to do. I think everybody out here is happy. I think a lot of people out here have the same opinion.”
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