Matthew Wolff, a teammate on LIV Golf, receives more criticism from Brooks Koepka.

Matthew Wolff, a teammate on LIV Golf, receives more criticism from Brooks Koepka.

 

 

The future of the LIV Golf League in 2024 is uncertain as a deal between the PGA Tour, the Saudi Public Investment Fund (LIV Golf’s financial backer), and the DP World Tour may not be finalized by the year’s end as stated in their framework agreement.
The upstart circuit would presumably continue in its current form without a deal, something its executives insist they are preparing for.

It appears unlikely that Matthew Wolff will continue to play for the Brooks Koepka-captained Smash GC team in 2024, should the current season continue.

The “brotherhood” between the players on Koepka’s team, which also includes Wolff, Chase Koepka (Brooks’ younger brother), and Jason Kokrak, was brought up after Friday’s first round of the LIV Golf Invitational competition in Saudi Arabia.
His answer was revealing.

Koepka, who defeated Talor Gooch in a playoff to win the tournament, said, “There’s only three of us on our team.”.
“I mean, obviously, my brother, we’re pretty close, and then—I’ve enjoyed hanging out with Jay for the last—I’ve been close with Jay for maybe three years.
Being around him has been fun.
He is a great player and very talented.
Being around him has been enjoyable, and he has played well this season.
Yes, I’m unable to criticize him in any negative way.

However, Koepka sort of said a lot by remaining silent about Wolff.

Regarding LIV Golf’s repeated failure to receive World Ranking points, Phil Mickelson had a few words to say.

During a July interview with Sports Illustrated, Koepka did specifically criticize Wolff.

Koepka said, “I mean, when you give up on your round, you know, stuff like that, that’s not competing.
“I don’t like that very much. You don’t exert yourself.
It’s very challenging.
When you have one person who is unwilling to put forth any effort, who will give up while playing, break clubs, get dejected, or display poor body language, it is very difficult to have even a team dynamic.
He has a lot of talent, but the talent is really wasted, so I’ve pretty much given up on him.

“When I chose to join his team in 2023, I did so with much optimism about my new home as part of Team Smash and equally as important the chance to be around and learn from a player of Brooks’ stature,” said Wolff, who has been open about the mental-health struggles he has faced since turning pro in 2019.
I’ve had competitive moments in the past that I feel like I let myself down and even others in our new team environment, just like everyone who has ever played the game at the highest level.
I’ve found this to be really challenging. My struggles with my mental health, both on and off the golf course, have been well-documented.
Every day, I have to overcome those obstacles.

At this week’s LIV Golf team championship in Miami, Wolff is slated to play for Smash.
However, thanks to his T-38 in Jeddah, he finished the regular season in 27th place overall in terms of individual points.
If a player is outside the top 24, it means that during the LIV offseason, they may be traded or released by their team.

 

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