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Koepka says money alone wouldn't lure him to PGL

Field Level Media
27 Feb 2020, 04:19 GMT+10

Brooks Koepka won't shut the door on playing in the proposed Premier Golf League.

But if he does break away from the PGA Tour for the PGL, he will have been lured by the competition, not the money, he said.

"I am just going to play where the best players play," Koepka told reporters Wednesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he's playing in The Honda Classic this week. "I think everyone wants to play against the best. Whatever comes of it, comes of it."

Last week, World No. 1 Rory McIlroy came out against the league, saying he values scheduling flexibility over promises of big prize money.

The proposed league would feature 12 four-man teams that would be required to appear in 18 events, including 10 in the United States, during the PGA Tour season. Organizers say each event would have a $10 million purse, with the final event worth $40 million.

The ability to pursue even bigger money than what's available on the PGA Tour isn't a factor, said the 29-year-old Koepka, ranked No. 3 in the world.

"Money doesn't matter," Koepka said. "It's not something that's important. I just want to be happy. Money's not going to make me happy. I just want to play against the best.

"If somebody gave me $200 million tomorrow it's not going to change my life. What am I going to get out of it? ... I could retire right now, but I don't want to. I just want to play golf."

Koepka has seven PGA Tour wins, including four majors. He will be the two-time defending titlist at the 2020 PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco in May.

He has career earnings of $30.4 million.

--Field Level Media

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