Brooks Koepka isn’t again to full energy this week at Kiawah Island, however he isn’t pretending to be both.
Koepka, who underwent yet one more knee process in March, stated he nonetheless has “days where it sucks.” With one other main championship looming this week, nevertheless, Koepka isn’t complaining.
Koepka: ‘I can deal with the pain’
Koepka underwent surgical procedure on his proper knee to repair a dislocated kneecap and ligament injury on March 16. That injury, he stated, occurred after he slipped and fell whereas with his household in Florida. It marked simply the most recent knee problem he’s dealt with previously a number of years, beginning with a .
That injury got here at a tricky time for the 31-year-old, who gained the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February after which got here in second on the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship simply weeks later.
His Masters efficiency, nevertheless, wasn’t good. Koepka went 5-over within the first two days at Augusta National and missed the reduce, all whereas struggling to bend his knee and browse putts on the inexperienced. He then missed the reduce final week on the AT&T Byron Nelson, his solely two PGA Tour outings because the process.
While it’d be straightforward to take a look at his outcomes and say that he rushed his return — particularly since he’s not again to full energy even now — Koepka insisted that enjoying within the Masters was extra vital for him mentally.
“It didn’t set me back. I was fine,” he of the Masters. “Just for my own satisfaction, I wanted to play. I was determined to do it. That was the goal all along. I was able to do it. Obviously I didn’t play the way I wanted to. It’s not fun when you can’t do the things you know you’re capable of, but just to be out there, it was mentally satisfying.
“Nobody knows what I went through for those four weeks. Every time I was doing something, I just envisioned myself playing at Augusta … It takes a lot of heart just to do it, but that was the goal.”
Koepka will tee off with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas on Thursday morning in his quest for a 3rd PGA Championship in 4 years.
Even although he stated that docs have warned him it’s going to take not less than six extra months for his knee to be totally healthy once more, Koepka insists that he can nonetheless play.
After all, he stated, he’s achieved it loads of occasions in his profession already.
“If I beat [six months], I’m doing something good,” he . “I can play. You’re never 100%, that’s the thing. For two straight years, it’s been left knee, right knee, herniated a disc in my neck, played in Tampa or wherever we were, played through that. I dealt with that all the way through Palm Springs.
“I can deal with the pain. That’s not an issue. It’s just a matter of being able to hit shots that I want to hit and do things I want to do, and I’m starting to be able to do that. Even though I’m not 100%, I can still hit shots.”
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