Koepka (knee) will sit out Gamers Championship

Mar 7, 2021

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Brooks Koepka, who turned as quickly as making a steady return in 2021 after a number of irritating accidents, has withdrawn from this week’s Avid gamers Championship due to an accurate knee stress.

It is now no longer the equivalent knee that plagued him on the end of 2019 and into 2020. Koepka had a stem cell map on his left knee in unhurried 2019 that saved him from competing within the Presidents Cup and noticed him fall from No. 1 on this planet to out of doorways of the top 10.

“Brooks strained his right knee and he’s scheduled to extra search the recommendation of with docs this week to score a extra in depth analysis and outlook,” stated Blake Smith, Koepka’s agent, in an announcement launched by the PGA Tour. “We’re able to be in a state of affairs to supply extra updates and information as we be taught extra.”

Koepka, who’s ranked twelfth on this planet, had knee and hip factors for many of 2020 and uncared for the U.S. Start. He additionally did no longer qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. Now and again, the accidents maintain been so irritating that he puzzled whether or not he may nicely per likelihood return to his principal-winning make.

His victory closing month on the Waste Administration Phoenix Start turned as quickly as his first for the reason that 2019 PGA Championship and the eighth of his PGA Tour profession. He turned as quickly as now no longer competing on this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational however tied for second every week in the past on the WGC-Workday Championship.

“There turned as quickly as a interval of about two months the place I puzzled whether or not I turned as quickly as ever going to be the equivalent, whether or not I turned as quickly as even going to be significantly remotely the equivalent golfer that I ever turned as quickly as,” Koepka stated after his Waste Administration victory.

“My knee, no subject how important work and inconvenience I turned as quickly as doing with Derek Samuel, my coach, it acceptable felt care for it wasn’t progressing. And that’s the irritating part, everytime you in truth really feel care for or not it’s now no longer going anyplace. However we caught with it. These darkish places, plenty of tears, questioning your self, and in darkish places mentally. You maintain obtained to succeed in help out of that. It takes plenty of effort acceptable to obtain out of these places.”

The Avid gamers Championship begins Thursday.

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