Golf icon Jack Nicklaus sent a note of congratulations to Brooks Koepka after he became the first LIV golfer to win a major with victory at the PGA Championship two weeks ago.
But that was the only time Koepka and his fellow LIV rebels, including reigning British Open champ Cam Smith, were front of mind for Nicklaus, who boldly declared Greg Norman’s cohort are not “part of the game anymore”.
Nicklaus is hosting the $30m Memorial in Ohio this week, an event boasting the best players in the world, going by the world rankings at least, with seven of the top 10 involved.
But when asked about who wasn‘t playing, namely Koepka, Nicklaus was blunt in his attitude towards the LIV players.
“I don’t even consider those guys part of the game anymore,” he said.
“I don’t mean that in a nasty way. This is a PGA Tour event and we have the best field we can possibly have for a PGA…