Captain Brooks Koepka for the next LIV Golf Series event Portland, Oregon


Brooks Koepka has been called many different things recently, including “duplicated” by Rory McIlroy.

Koepka, the Jupiter resident who defected from the PGA Tour on Wednesday to join the LIV Golf Series, has another title: Captain Koepka.


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Koepka has been named one of 12 captains for his first LIV event. The 54-hole uncut tournament kicks off Thursday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside Portland, Oregon, LIV’s inaugural event in the United States. Like each of the eight LIV events, it includes 12 four-man teams participating in a team portion in addition to individual competition.

Koepka’s team name is Smash.

The captains hold a draft on Tuesday to fill the three open positions. The question is not if Brooks will select his brother, Chase, but when? With 45 of 48 players announced for the course, Chase Koepka, who lives in West Palm Beach, has the second-worst World Golf Ranking at No. 1,607.