/Mark Hubbard couldn’t wait for Brooks Koepka to withdraw from PGA Tour event

Mark Hubbard couldn’t wait for Brooks Koepka to withdraw from PGA Tour event

Mark Hubbard celebrated getting a spot in the Travelers Championship this week in a Twitter exchange with his brother, and appeared to shade Brooks Koepka in the process.

“It’s *extra* cool of the guys who are bailing on the @pgatour to stay in the field this week and take spots from guys who are committed (and who could use both the check and the points),” Hubbard’s brother, Nathan, tweeted Tuesday along with a photo of the PGA Tour’s tee time schedule.

The pro, who was an alternate for the Cromwell, CT event, replied, “It’s nice of you to point this out as a completely unbiased onlooker with absolutely zero family members trying to play.”

Hubbard will replace Koepka, who withdrew from The Travelers Championship hours after the news that the four-time major winner will join the rival LIV Golf Invitational Series. Hubbard — No. 280 in the World Golf Rankings — finished tied for 13th at last year’s Travelers Championship.

Mark Hubbard at the REX Hospital Open on June 2, 2022.
Mark Hubbard at the REX Hospital Open on June 2, 2022.
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Koepka joins dozens of other golfers, including Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, that committed to LIV Golf — the Saudi-funded league headed by former pro Greg Norman.

As a result of the switch, the PGA Tour said it will suspend players that participate in LIV Golf tournaments. The players like Johnson and Mickelson who played in the inaugural LIV event two weeks are already banned from the PGA Tour. Koepka and others will likely face the same punishment once they’ve actually participated in a LIV golf event with the next one scheduled for June 30 in Portland.

Brooks Koepka during the 2022 US Open.
Brooks Koepka during the 2022 US Open.
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LIV Golf is reportedly expected to announce the addition of Koepka — who is ranked 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking — sometime this week.