World's top-ranked golfer cites recurring injury to left knee
Withdrew: From this week’s inaugural Zozo Championship, Brooks Koepka, the world’s top-ranked golfer. Koepka, 29, withdrew after two rounds of last week’s CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in South Korea, citing problems with his left knee. A week earlier, in his season debut in Las Vegas, he missed the cut. Koepka had undergone stem-cell treatment on the knee after the 2018-19 season and proclaimed the knee to be “fine” before the CJ Cup. In a statement, Koepka said that he reaggravated the injury when he slipped on wet concrete in the second round at the CJ Cup, where he shot 69-75 and was tied for 51st in the 78-man, no-cut event, which American Justin Thomas won.
Ended: Bass Pro Shops’ association with the Legends of Golf event on the Champions Tour, the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader reported Friday, citing a tournament official. The tournament had been played at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., since 2014 and was under contract through 2021. Jack Wlezien, Bass Pro Shops’ director of communication, told the newspaper that 2020 will be a “transformational year” for the Branson area as a tourist direction. Payne’s Valley, a golf course designed by Tiger Woods and named after the late Payne Stewart, who grew up in the area, is scheduled to open next year.
Suspended: Matt Every, for 12 weeks by the PGA Tour, because of a violation of its Conduct Policy. He will be ineligible until Jan. 7. In a short statement released Friday, the Tour said only that Every was disciplined because of “drugs of abuse,” declining to elaborate. Every said in a statement to Golf Channel that he “tested positive for cannabis” but that he holds a legal prescription in his home state of Florida for the drug to treat a mental-health condition. This was not the first time that Every, 35, has been suspended by the Tour for a drug violation. In 2010, Every was arrested at a casino in Bettendorf, Iowa, during the John Deere Classic and charged with possession of marijuana. Every is a two-time winner on the Tour, having won the 2014 and 2015 Bay Hill events.