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Saudi-funded LIV Golf celebrates Brooks Koepka’s PGA win

The breakaway league, which is backed by the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund, has been experiencing poor TV ratings, though its golfers are performing well at major tournaments.
Brooks Koepka of Smash GC hits a tee shot on the sixth hole during Day Three of the LIV Golf Invitational - Tulsa at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, May 14, 2023.

American golfer Brooks Koepka, who plays in the Saudi-funded LIV Golf, won the PGA Championship on Sunday. The strong performances by Koepka and other LIV golfers at major championships this year could help the league grow in its second season despite its TV rating struggles and growing rivalry with the PGA Tour.

Koepka won the major golf tournament by finishing two strokes ahead of second-place American golfer Scottie Scheffler and Norway’s Viktor Hovland. Koepka became the first member of LIV Golf to win one of the four annual “major” golf tournaments with the victory.

Several LIV golfers performed well at the PGA Championship. Bryson DeChambeau tied for fourth, while Cameron Smith tied for ninth. Rory McIlroy, perhaps the most vocal critic of LIV Golf on the PGA Tour, also played well, finishing tied for seventh place.

LIV Golf celebrated Koepka’s win on its Twitter account.

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