Two-time winner Brooks Koepka rules himself out of the US Open

American has suffered injury-afflicted season

Wednesday, 9th September 2020, 10:37 pm
Brooks Koepka needed treated for an injury during the US PGA Championship last month. Picture: Jeff Chiu/AP

Two-time winner Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from next week’s US Open at Winged Foot due to injury.

Koepka has struggled with a left knee problem which saw him sidelined for three months last season and also needed on-course treatment to his hip during his title defence at the US PGA Championship in San Francisco last month.

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The four-time major winner was ranked a lowly 97th in the FedEx Cup standings when he withdrew from the first play-off event, with only the top 70 after the Northern Trust advancing to the BMW Championship.

Koepka had played the previous six tournaments in succession, missing three cuts and recording a best finish of tied second in the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.

The world No 8 wrote on Twitter: “Unfortunately, I have decided to withdraw from next week’s U.S. Open. I’m looking forward to getting healthy and competing at 100% again very soon.”

Koepka won the US Open at Erin Hills in 2017, and successfully defended his title at Shinnecock Hills the following year. He was denied a hat-trick when he finished runner-up to surprise winner Gary Woodland at Pebble Beach last year.

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