Brooks Koepka’s knee injury puts Masters start in doubt

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Eamon Lynch
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The knee injury that forced Brooks Koepka’s withdrawal from the Players Championship on Sunday night could jeopardize his participation in the Masters next month.

Koepka told Golfweek on Wednesday afternoon that he sprained his right knee and will have further orthopedic consultations next week to determine the best course of action. Asked if he would return to action in time for the Masters, which begins in 29 days, Koepka would only say he will await results of the tests before committing to a schedule.

“No timeframe as of right now,” he said. “We will know more after the consultation.”

The four-time major winner declined to detail the extent of his injury or how he sustained it. “An accident happened while I was with my family over the weekend,” he said. “We are doing everything possible to make sure we are back as soon as possible.”

The injury is the latest in a lengthy list of physical frustrations for the 30-year-old. He was benched for three months after injuring his left knee slipping at the CJ Cup in South Korea in 2019. Compensating for that knee led to a labrum injury in his left hip, and more recently he has complained of stiffness in his neck.

Despite the ailments, Koepka has rediscovered his form in recent weeks. He won the Waste Management Phoenix Open last month — his eighth victory on the PGA Tour — and tied for second in the WGC-Workday Championship two weeks ago. An injury-free Koepka would have been considered among the favorites at Augusta National, having finished T7 last year and T2 in 2019.

Pushed on how frustrating the injuries have been, Koepka was succinct and upbeat: “I’ll be back.”

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