Phoenix Open champion Brooks Koepka admitted he had serious doubts over his ability to overcome the knee injury that led to “pain and tears” during a torrid 2020. Koepka’s win at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in 2019 cemented his status as undisputed world No 1, a position he looked likely to hang onto for some time until a knee injury stopped him in his tracks during the CJ Cup in Korea.
“There was a period of about two months where I questioned whether I was ever going to be the same, whether I was even going to be somewhat remotely the same golfer that I ever was,” Koepka said. “My knee, no matter how much work and pain I was doing with Derek Samuel, my trainer, it just felt like it wasn’t progressing. And that’s the frustrating part, when you feel like it’s not going anywhere.”
I’ll tell you what, it takes a lot of effort just do get out of those places.” he added. “But we stuck with it. Those dark places, a lot of tears, questioning yourself, and in dark places mentally. You’ve got to come out of that. I spent so much time in La Jolla with Derek where I kind of used it as refresher to reset things.”
“I was trying to compete, but I just couldn’t. I couldn’t swing the golf club like I wanted to. I’m sure it was frustrating for everybody on my team. I’m sure it was frustrating to watch, but I didn’t want to take the time off.” Koepka continued. “I’ve done that a couple times where I tried to play through. I guess that’s the heart. I just don’t like to quit. Just battle through it and I figured it would go away, to be honest with you, and I was completely wrong.”