Brooks Koepka thinks he will be fit and ready to face Europe at the Ryder Cup less than a month after withdrawing from the Tour Championship due to a wrist issue.
Brooks Koepka has proclaimed that he is “fine to go” for the Ryder Cup next week, despite fears that he would have to withdraw owing to injury.
When Koepka withdrew during the third round of the Tour Championship in Atlanta last month after receiving a wrist injury when his clubhead collided with a tree root while playing a recovery shot, he became a question mark for the match against Europe.
The four-time major champion was the only member of Steve Stricker’s US team who missed a recent two-day practise session at Whistling Straits while undergoing treatment for the issue.
According to Golfweek magazine, Koepka, who missed three months of the 2018 season due to the same left wrist ailment, has been allowed to begin practising and notified Team USA captain that he will be fit to compete in Wisconsin.
“I’ll be there,” she says. Koepka is quoted as saying, “I’m good to go,” in a text message. “I’m in a nice mood.” I’ve been working on my rehab and doing everything I can to get ready for the Cup. I’ll be ready to play when you arrive.
When Koepka was injured at East Lake, he feared the worst and acknowledged he couldn’t hold the club with his left hand, but an MRI exam indicated no major damage.
“I assumed it was a stinger when I hit the root, and my wrist felt odd,” he explained. “For a little while, I lost feeling in my elbow. Two minutes later, the feeling returned from my elbow to mid-forearm, but it was numb from mid-forearm to hand. I was unable to continue since my left hand lacked grip strength.
“The MRI revealed some information, and we’re just making sure everything is in order.” The grip pressure has returned to its previous level. We’re fine to go with a little ice, rest, soft tissue treatment, and rehab.”
Earlier this week, Koepka made headlines when he described team golf as “a little strange,” prompting former US captain Paul Azinger to doubt his commitment to the cause.
In an exclusive interview with Golf Digest, he expressed his feelings about the Ryder Cup, saying, “It’s different. It’s frantic. To be honest, it’s a little strange. I’m not going to say it’s been an awful week.
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