Brooks Koepka’s coach tears into media over LIV Golf narrative following PGA Championship

The LIV Golf vs. PGA Tour narrative continued over the weekend with Brooks Koepka capturing his fifth main title after profitable the PGA Championship on Sunday. 

And whereas he tried to keep away from any detailed dialogue about what the win might imply for the tour’s popularity, his coach Claude Harmon III took the chance to name out the media he accused of consuming the “Kool-Support.” 

Brooks Koepka and coach Claude Harmon III embrace after winning the 2023 PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka is congratulated by golf teacher Claude Harmon III in the course of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Nation Membership on Could 21, 2023, in Rochester, New York. (Andy Lyons/Getty Pictures)

“You guys all suppose LIV’s, possibly you’ve modified your tune, however initially, it was all simply bulls—, a bunch of men taking part in who didn’t care, who obtained the cash, who obtained the bag, and it’s 54 holes and there’s no competitors and all that,” Harmon stated of the media in feedback throughout and after Koepka’s ultimate spherical at Oak Hill, in line with Golfweek. 


“So it was simple for you guys to simply faux like these guys simply weren’t good gamers anymore. And I feel you guys largely did that since you drank the Kool-Support of everyone else. However the way you guys all thought that these guys simply weren’t going to point out up and be nice gamers is past me.”

Harmon continued: “I feel it’s an fascinating Jedi thoughts trick that they performed on you guys and also you guys fell for it. Since you guys had been all, ‘These guys had been all washed up. They took the bag. They’re insignificant. They play in opposition to no competitors.’ And that’s simply not the case.” 

Brooks Koepka and coach Claude Harmon III talk during a practice round at the 2020 PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka seems to be over a shot together with his coach, Claude Harmon III, throughout a follow spherical earlier than the PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park on Aug. 5, 2020, in San Francisco. (Tom Pennington/Getty Pictures)

Koepka turned the primary golfer on the LIV Golf tour to win a significant. At the Masters only a month earlier, 18 LIV golfers performed with 12 making the reduce and three ending within the high 5.


Koepka and Phil Mickelson each completed T2 and Patrick Reed completed T4. 

Harmon went on to clarify that his criticism of the media stems from the portrayal of golfers going to LIV, particularly Koepka, as a cash seize. 

“This goes an extended option to debunking the LIV fable, which is everyone obtained paid, you’re not going to care, and when you receives a commission you’re going to telephone it in. No one thinks that means with Lamar Jackson, with Dak Prescott, with the NBA. Why is golf totally different? Why do we would like golf to be not like the whole lot else? That’s what I essentially don’t get.”

Claude Harmon III congratulates Brooks Koepka after winning to the 2023 PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka is congratulated by Claude Harmon III as he walks off the 18th inexperienced on the PGA Championship on Could 21, 2023, in Rochester. (Ross Kinnaird/Getty Pictures)

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Koepka was requested throughout his post-match presser about his win and what it might imply for LIV, however he seemingly sidestepped the query. 

“I undoubtedly suppose it helps LIV, however I am extra all for my very own self proper now, to be sincere with you,” he stated. “Yeah, it is an enormous factor for LIV, however on the identical time, I am out right here competing as a person on the PGA Championship. I am simply comfortable to take this house for the third time.”

Peter Johnson