Is Brooks Koepka ‘s Ryder Cup future in jeopardy because of an arm injury?
ATLANTA, GA — With a left wrist injury, Brooks Koepka withdrew from the Tour Championship on Saturday. When he attempted to get his ball out of the thick rough on the right side of the 10th fairway and hit a tree root, he seemed to suffer an injury. Despite his obvious pain, the world No. 10 attempted to play but only made it two or three more holes; he was three over par through 12 holes and one under for the round when he decided to leave East Lake.
Before departing, Koepka told a PGA Tour official, “It’s the same wrist I had problems with in 2017 and 2018.” “So I’m just checking to see whether everything is in order.”
Koepka is alluding to an injury to his left wrist that caused him to withdraw from the 2018 Masters.
Koepka will finish 30th in the final FedEx Cup standings—last in the Tour Championship field—and get a $395,000 bonus as a result of his withdrawal.
Given that the Ryder Cup starts in less than three weeks, the timing of the injury is worrisome. Koepka finished fourth in the US points standings, ensuring his spot in the Ryder Cup squad for the third time.
It’s also another health concern for a player who has had two knee injuries in the last two years: one in his left knee, which forced him to withdraw from the 2019 Presidents Cup team, and one in his right knee, which necessitated surgery on March 16 to repair a kneecap dislocation and ligament damage. He amazingly returned to competition less than a month later at the Masters, but he has been careful throughout the season.
If Koepka is unable to play in the Ryder Cup, Steve Stricker, the US captain, will be granted a seventh captain’s choice to replace him. In a press conference on Wednesday, Stricker will announce his six choices.
On Tuesday, Koepka scheduled to play left-handed in a charity match at Liberty National in New Jersey versus Dave Portnoy of Barstool Sports. Following the injury, the event canceled.