Brooks Koepka banks another £6.5m in LIV as his brother is brutally relegated

Brooks Koepka has landed another huge payday from LIV Golf – but had to watch his little brother slip to relegation.

Brooks, 33, is third in current standings following a third win on the tour in Jeddah having come through in a playoff against Talor Gooch. Chase, 29, sits in the drop zone having failed to pick up a single point after turning his back on the PGA Tour.

During the tournament, Brooks said of his struggling sibling: “I know he’s working hard. I know he’s been trying. We’ve been practicing together quite a bit. Honestly, he’s struggling a little bit. I’ve been there.

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"We’ve all been there. Every golfer has. It’s part of it. You look at it, he was playing mini-tour golf 16 months ago. I don’t think the last year and a half has been too bad for him."

One tournament remains in the 2023 season of LIV Golf which is the Team Championship and not for individual scoring

The brothers will again be representing Smash GC alongside Jason Kokrak and Matthew Wolff.

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The top 24 players are part of the 'Lock Zone' and guaranteed of their status in the 2024 season and stay in their current teams.

The following 20 sit in the 'Open Zone' and secure their spot on the 2024 tour but could be forced to swap teams.

Below 44 is the 'Drop Zone' with up to six players relegated from LIV Golf and offered a spot on the LIV Golf promotional tournament to get it back.

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Chase sits third bottom of the standings, with notable names Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood also in the drop zone – but exempt from relegation.

That comes thanks to their places as team captains of Cleeks and Majesticks (shared with Lee Weetwood) respectively.

Backed by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment fund, who own Newcastle United, $25million (£20million) has been put into each of the 14 tournaments.

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