Leaving Augusta National final month, Brooks Koepka didn’t know whether or not he’d be healthy sufficient to make one other begin earlier than the PGA Championship.
And although he mentioned Wednesday on the AT&T Byron Nelson that he’s nonetheless not 100% healthy, he’s nonetheless months ahead of schedule after injuring his proper knee in a freak accident in March.
“It’s dramatically better than it was at Augusta,” he mentioned. “I feel like the strength is getting there. The mobility is getting there. I’m ahead of schedule – a long ways ahead of schedule of where I should be at this point, so I’m very pleased.”
That Koepka was even in a position to compete on the Masters defied the opinion of most medical consultants. He underwent surgical procedure in mid-March to restore a dislocated kneecap. Less than a month later, he was strolling one of the hilliest programs of the 12 months, gutting out rounds of 74-75 to overlook the lower – snapping a streak of 24 consecutive made cuts within the majors.
Afterward, Koepka mentioned it was “tough to say” whether or not he’d play once more earlier than subsequent week’s PGA but that he positively wouldn’t miss the 12 months’s second main. He felt nicely sufficient apparently to tee it up this week at TPC Craig Ranch, the place he performed the second stage of Q-School in 2012 (and missed out, sending him to Europe for a number of years).
Koepka described himself in a “completely new place now” but added that he’s not utterly again to regular: He mentioned he nonetheless can’t squat into place to learn putts and infrequently doesn’t load on his proper aspect all through the swing together with his longer golf equipment.
“Months ahead of schedule,” he mentioned, “so it’s just nice to be back out and being able to play golf and actually hit shots that I want to hit, unlike I was doing at Augusta.”