Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from the Presidents Cup due to a knee injury he suffered last month in South Korea.
He has been substituded in the competition by Rickie Fowler.
Koepka is the No 1 player in the world and was the leading qualifier for the Presidents Cup, which will be played between December 12 and 15 at Royal Melbourne in Australia.
He previously pulled out of the CJ Cup last month with the same ailment.
Koepka said at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open earlier this fall that he had a procedure done on his left knee following the 2018-19 PGA Tour season.
“It wasn’t technically surgery; it was stem cell,” he stated, “Got to go in there and inject it. I was watching it on the screen as they were doing it, and it was probably one of the most painful things. I was screaming when they did it.
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“I limped out of there. I was limping for probably two, three days after, and then it’s just about trying to grow the muscles around it. Try to get strong again, rest it. That’s kind of how we went with it, doing a little rehab. The important thing was to not walk with a limp. Those three days you’re kind of off your feet. And at the same time, enjoy your offseason.”
Koepka may have enjoyed his offseason, but he probably hasn’t enjoyed his start to this new campaing. He followed a missed cut at the Shriners with that WD at the CJ Cup and now has bowed out of the Presidents Cup.
It’s a disconcerting trend for the No. 1 player in the world. The U.S. — despite losing probably the best player on their side — still a heavy favorite to beat the International team at Royal Melbourne in three weeks.
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