Koepka withdraws from Tour Championship with wrist injury
ATLANTA – Three weeks before the Ryder Cup, four-time major champion Brooks Koepka withdrew from the Tour Championship after injuring his wrist from hitting a tree root.
Koepka said the removal of the 13th hole at East Lake on Saturday was a precaution.
“This is the same wrist that I struggled with in ’17 and ’18,” Koepka told a PGA Tour official before leaving. “So I just make sure it’s okay. “
Koepka was 16 strokes behind when he pushed his tee shot on the 10th hole under a tree. He says he injured his wrist when the stick hit a tree root. He put three putts for the bogey, made the par on the next two holes, then after coming out of a fairway bunker, hit a corner well to the right of the 13th green and decided to retire.
Koepka was among six players who secured automatic spots on the U.S. squad, attending a dinner with Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker on Wednesday to discuss pairs and the captain’s potential picks to complete the squad of 12. players.
The Ryder Cup will take place September 24-26 at Whistling Straits.
Koepka had just scored a victory in Japan towards the end of 2017 when he suffered a partial torn tendon in his left wrist which he only discovered the first week of the year in Maui.
He was in a soft suitcase for two months, didn’t touch a club for 91 days, and even missed the Masters. Six weeks after his return, he won the US Open for the second year in a row.
Koepka also ran out of time due to an ankle injury and most recently a knee injury in South Korea in October 2019 that caused him to miss the Presidents Cup.
The injury, depending on its severity, is the final element of uncertainty for the US team. Patrick Reed, whose difficult short game has been key for the Americans in the past three Ryder Cups, has been hospitalized for five days with double pneumonia in the lower lobes of his lungs.
He’s only returned to play this week at East Lake, and even though he says he’ll be in full health in time for the Ryder Cup, Stricker wonders if he should use a pick against him.
Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau engaged in a little social media exchange that resulted in DeChambeau getting heckled by calls from “Brooksie”.
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