Brooks Koepka is looking to play through the pain barrier as he competes at the Augusta National with his knee still broken. He underwent surgery on March 16 to repair ligament damage. After practice, he announced that he will compete at Augusta with an internal brace fitted.
“There’s like an internal brace they put in there right where the screw is,” he said. “I don’t even know if it’s a screw. I don’t even know exactly what it is. It’s probably the most sensitive part of the knee, the kneecap. They had to put it there just because it’s still broken.”
Koepka is a four-time major champion and most recently won the Phoenix Open. He has finished in the top 10 in his last two starts at Augusta and in spite of the knee issues, is happy with his game. Koepka is scheduled to tee off early and is set to receive physiotherapy before that. He has said that he feels the pain while walking down the slopes of the course as well as when bending to pick up the ball.
“It [walking downhill] puts all the pressure on the patella. It’s going to hurt downhill,” he added. “I can’t bend down. My knee doesn’t go. I mean, that’s the most stress you’re going to have on your patella. I don’t have that much motion in my knee.