AUGUSTA, Ga. — Brooks Koepka arrived at Augusta Nationwide on Sunday afternoon to apply and play just a few holes. Whether or not he tees it up on Thursday for the beginning of the Masters will play out over the approaching days.
Koepka, 30, had surgical procedure on his proper knee on March 16 to take care of a kneecap dislocation and ligament harm. The harm occurred, he mentioned, whereas with household in Florida roughly 10 days earlier. The four-time main champion, who’s ranked twelfth on this planet, completed tied for second in his final occasion on the WGC-Workday Championship on Feb. 28. He missed scheduled begins on the Gamers Championship and Honda Traditional.
Koepka had the surgical procedure in California and his caddie, Rickie Elliott, mentioned he didn’t do a lot golfwise since, apart from some apply at Riviera Nation Membership.
He hit about 70 balls throughout his apply session, went to the placing inexperienced for 10 minutes, then went to register for the event. He walked slowly and thoroughly up and down a set of stairs earlier than heading to the primary tee with Viktor Hovland. Elliott mentioned he was going to seemingly play 4 holes “and see the way it goes.”
After a irritating 2020 that noticed Koepka slowed by issues along with his left knee and hip — retaining him out of the U.S. Open and from qualifying for the FedEx Cup playoffs — issues had circled this yr.
He gained the Waste Administration Phoenix Open on Feb. 7, his eighth PGA Tour victory and first for the reason that 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. Later that yr is when points along with his left knee surfaced.
He had a stem cell remedy quickly after the Tour Championship, then returned within the fall solely to reinjure the knee at a event in South Korea. That stored him from taking part in within the Presidents Cup, and in early 2020 he fell from the No. 1 spot within the Official World Rating.
Koepka tied for seventh on the Masters in November and tied for second in 2019, a stroke behind Tiger Woods.