KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka mentioned the very best drugs for his surgically repaired proper knee was firing a second spherical 71 to take a seat one stroke off the lead and in sole possession of third place heading into the weekend on the PGA Championship.
The four-time main champion underwent surgical procedure in mid-March after he dislocated his kneecap and sustained ligament harm, however mentioned the knee didn’t trouble him by means of his solid first two rounds on the windswept Ocean Course.
“Feels fine,” Koepka mentioned when requested the situation of his knee and the state of his sport after his spherical. “I’m four-under, so it feels alright,” he added with a smile and a wink.
The 31-year-old American, a giant sport hunter who ceaselessly saves his finest golf for the game’s greatest levels, mentioned competing within the match was easy in comparison with the grueling rehabs he has been pressured to endure a number of occasions in his profession.
“This is all easy,” he mentioned. “Everything I did in rehab is a hell of a lot harder, I can promise you that.”
The former world No. 1 has additionally struggled with left knee and hip points prior to now.
Despite trailing co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen by only one stroke, Koepka was usually powerful on himself.
“C+,” he mentioned when requested to grade his eventful spherical, which blended two eagles and a birdie with 4 bogeys as a result of some errant putts.
“I thought I struck it great, I drove it a lot better, but you still have to putt in this wind.”
Koepka’s quest for a 3rd PGA Championship will resume on Saturday when he’s paired with South African Branden Grace, who has two top-five finishes in his PGA Championship profession.
(Reporting by Andrew Both; Writing by Rory Carroll; Editing by William Mallard)