Brooks Koepka’s injury: Why did the PGA Championship contender get surgery?
Several golfers are in position to win the PGA Championship this weekend, including Brooks Koepka.
Despite having surgery just a few months ago, Brooks Koepka has been in fine form at the PGA Championship through the first two rounds. After winning four majors between 2017 and 2019, the American appeared to be on track to smash many records.
But it wasn’t until the end of 2019 that he started having problems with his knee.
After a season in which he won three times, including a second straight PGA Championship, he was forced to retire from the 2019 Presidents Cup.
At the time, Koepka confessed that he had stem cell treatment for his ailing knee, which he later revealed happened at the 2019 PGA Championship.
The former world No. 1 was troubled by the problem for the majority of 2020, yet he still had four top-10 finishes, including a tied-seventh at The Masters.
And he got off to a great start in 2021 by winning the Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.
At the end of February, Koepka finished second at the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession.
But, not long after, the 31-year-old suffered another setback in his efforts to rehabilitate his ailing knee.
Koepka was on vacation with his family in Florida when he slipped and injured his ligaments as well as dislocating his kneecap, according to him.
On March 16, he had surgery, but miraculously, he was back on the course in time for the Masters in 2021.
However, when he dragged his way around Augusta before missing the cut, it was evident that Koepka was still ailing.
He took a month off before returning to compete in the AT&T Byron Nelson, which served as a warm-up for the PGA Championship.
Koepka wanted to see if he could walk 18 holes in his surgically repaired right knee without pain.
He didn’t make the cut and afterwards revealed that he wasn’t feeling 100%.
But something has clicked this week at Kiawah Island, as Koepka is only one shot behind the leader heading into the third round.
On Saturday, he’ll be in the penultimate group with South African Branden Grace, chasing overnight leaders Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen.
And Koepka was able to make light of his knee injury. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”