Golf fans were left stunned after Brooks Koepka convinced his US Ryder Cup teammates to wear LIV golf merchandise, causing speculation about Paige Spiranac's reaction. Koepka, who left the PGA last year to join the Saudi-backed rebel tour, was unable to inspire the US team to victory. However, he managed to get his teammates Rickie Fowler, Sam Burns, Max Homa, and Xander Schauffele to wear LIV T-shirts during the event. The photo, captioned "I make money moves," was posted on Koepka's social media accounts.
US Ryder Cup Teammates Show Loyalty on the PGA Tour
Koepka's US teammates Rickie Fowler, Sam Burns, Max Homa, and Xander Schauffele remained loyal to the PGA Tour while the 33-year-old golfer joined the LIV Tour. The quartet, who captained the "Smash" team on the LIV Tour, were seen wearing blue tees with the word "Smash" written on them in the picture shared by Koepka. The photo instantly sparked fan reactions and comments from fellow LIV player Bryson DeChambeau.
Rivalry and Opposition within the Golf Community
Throughout the LIV breakaway, there have been staunch opponents within the golf community, including Rory McIlroy and influencer Paige Spiranac. McIlroy has been vocal about his opposition to the LIV Tour, and after seeing Koepka's picture, fans joked about McIlroy's reaction. One fan commented, "Rory is in absolute shambles rn," while another quipped, "Rory is going to cry when he sees this." Additionally, LIV player Bryson DeChambeau commented, "Smashed it." Meanwhile, Twitter users speculated about influencer Paige Spiranac's response to Koepka's post, with one user saying, "Wait till @PaigeSpiranac sees this" along with a laughing emoji.
US Team Defeated by Team Europe
Despite Koepka's efforts, the US team, including the quartet wearing LIV T-shirts, was well beaten by Team Europe in the Ryder Cup. The US team lost with a score of 16.5-11.5 in Rome, Italy. Earlier this year, the PGA announced a surprise merger with the LIV Tour, which sparked mixed reactions within the golf community. Spiranac expressed hope that the merger would lead to more frequent competition among the world's best players and excitement for fans.