Brooks Koepka will have to sit this one out
The two-time U.S Open champion, has no option other than to have a fresh start in the rescheduled open next month instead of continuing the persistent struggle with Brooks Koepka’s injury.
Koepka had to withdraw from the Northern Trust NTRS. Previously scheduled to hold at TPC Boston, the event will be the event to kick off the FedEx FDX playoffs. Koepka had finished second at the WGC-FedEx and also contended at the PGA Championship.
Koepka had an interesting run being two-shot off the lead at the TPC Harding Park after 54 holes. However he slid back on the 29th hole where he scored 74 in the final round. He also missed his cut at the Wyndham Championship, where he shot 72-70. The professional golf sportsman traveled from Greensboro, N.C., but unfortunately could not practice due to Brooks Koepka’s injury.
Koepka slides down the ranking during pandemic games
He is currently ranked 97th in FedEx points, where he would have been hoping for a high finish this week in other to move into the top 70 play in the BMW Championship next week. He featured in 13 events in the Covid-19 2019-2020 season without any win, sliding down to seventh in the Official World Golf Ranking.
We are still in the dark about how severe Brooks Koepka’s injury is, considering that he downplayed them before. In 2019, he had chosen to treat his knee injury with a stem cell injection instead of having surgery on the knee, which forced him to withdraw from the President Cup during the 2019 season.
McIlroy not amused by Koepka’s comments
“I heard the interview and was just taken aback a little bit by sort of what he said and whether he was trying to play mind games or not,” Rory McIlroy said after his final round at the PGA. “If he’s trying to play mind games, he’s trying to do it to the wrong person. … I mean, (it’s) sort of hard to knock a guy that’s got 21 wins on the PGA TOUR, which is three times what Brooks has.”
Koepka had earlier mentioned last week that he regretted the comments, which lead to his distraction at Harding Park.
It’s quite obvious a lot came from that comment Koepka told reporters in Greensboro, N.C. “I don’t mind the pressure that came from that stuff. I place pressure on myself more than anything external.
Even though I didn’t quite back it up, that’s my problem. I am part of I, as I am someone who talks openly and truthfully, and that too can come out cocky or arrogant sometimes if you’re not going to conform. That’s what took place.”
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