World No.1 Scottie Scheffler has admitted it was “definitely a surprise” to see Brooks Koepka join the breakaway Saudi-backed LIV Golf series as he reaffirmed his commitment to the PGA Tour.
Four-time major champion Koepka became the latest big name to join the controversial LIV series this week, following the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Abraham Ancer to join after its maiden event in London earlier this month.
Those moving have faced significant backlash for their decisions, with Rory McIlroy questioning the approach of the players on Wednesday, and while Scheffler was surprised, he stopped short of direct criticism.
“It was definitely a surprise for me. I was at a function with him last week and that definitely wasn’t what we had in mind,” he told a news conference.
“We were focused on building the PGA Tour and getting the guys that are staying here together and kind of just having talks and figuring out how we can help benefit the Tour, so to see Brooks leave was definitely a surprise for us.
“With that being said, he’s made his decision, I’m not going to knock him for doing that.”
Masters champion Scheffler also reaffirmed his own commitment to the PGA Tour and rebuffed any chances of him following in Koepka’s footsteps.
“For me, it’s not where I see myself heading anytime soon. I grew up wanting to be on the PGA Tour,” he said.
“I grew up dreaming of playing in these events, I didn’t grow up dreaming of playing the Centurion Club in London or whatever it is.
“I grew up wanting to play in the Masters, in Austin, at Colonial, the Byron Nelson.
“I wouldn’t trade those memories for anything at this moment in time. Those memories to me are invaluable.
“I would never risk going and losing the opportunity to go back to Augusta every year.
“There’s nothing I would want to do right now that would risk having any sort of effect on the way my life is now.”