Brooks Koepka, the only LIV golfer at the Ryder Cup, convinced four PGA Tour stars to wear the rebel tour merchandise.
After Team USA’s crushing 16.5-11.5 loss to Marco Simone on Sunday, Koepka shared a photo of himself with his American teammates Rickie Fowler, Sam Burns, Max Homa and Xander Schauffele.
Despite being on the same team this week, the quartet has remained loyal to the PGA Tour, with Koepka jumping ship last year to join the leading group.
But there appears to have been some reconciliation in the American camp this weekend, as the four PGA Tour loyalists posed alongside Koepka in LIV Golf merchandise.
They all wore blue t-shirts with the Smash GC, the captains of team Koepka in the breakaway series, logo on the front.
LIV Golf’s Brooks Koepka (center) convinced his Ryder Cup teammates Rickie Fowler, Max Homa, Sam Burns and Xander Schauffele (L-R) to wear LIV Golf merchandise
Koepka appeared to joke in the caption that he was on a recruiting drive for the breakout
Koepka joked that he was looking to recruit for his LIV team as he captioned the photo, “I’m making money.”
Fowler, Burns, Homa and Schauffele have all reportedly turned down lucrative offers to join the Rebels series.
However, the future of golf is somewhat unclear following the PGA Tour’s U-turn over its stance on LIV Golf.
A shock peace deal was announced in June with news of a merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf’s backers, the Saudi Public Investment Fund.
After news of the ceasefire, Schauffele admitted he felt betrayed by the PGA Tour’s decision after remaining loyal.
“Yes, I think (betrayal) would be the accusatory word,” Schauffele told the Sunday Times in June. ‘Irony also comes to mind. From the messages I’ve had, everyone seems to be taking it a little personally, which is fair to an extent. I was definitely kept in the dark like most guys, which is frustrating because of the transparency side of it. I thought we were making some progress in that area, but obviously we weren’t, because there wasn’t a lot of trust in the first place.
“As tour professionals we try to rationalize situations when we compete, but some guys feel hot-headed, some are more confused, some are emotional. We have a very interesting group of players trying to deal with this situation.”
With the merger on the horizon, Koepka may look to recruit his Ryder Cup teammates to his other team.
The photo was shared just six hours after the US failed to end its 30-year wait for a Ryder Cup victory following its 16.5-11.5 defeat to Team Europe in Rome.
The Europeans dominated the first three sessions, racing to a 9.5–2.5 after foursomes on Saturday morning.
The Americans narrowed the deficit slightly on Saturday afternoon, 3-1, before attempting a comeback in Sunday’s singles, which the Europeans ultimately managed to wipe out.
Koepka was the only LIV Golf star with Marco Simone this year, as the US suffered a loss
Schauffele admitted after the ceasefire that he felt betrayed by the PGA Tour’s decision
As the Americans tried to stem the bleeding, word emerged that Patrick Cantlay was unhappy with players not being paid to play in the Ryder Cup, which had caused division in the dressing room.
It was claimed Cantlay sat in a separate room of the visitors’ dressing room with close friend Schauffele amid a rift in the camp, and refused to appear at the gala dinner last week, according to Sky Sports. But Cantlay denied the reports.
Koepka’s LIV Golf defection in 2022 meant he had only played with his Team USA teammates in the four majors leading up to the Ryder Cup this year.
“It was exciting to see everyone,” Koepka said. “It felt like I hadn’t seen the boys in a few months.”