Troublesome left knee and hip end 2019-20 season for Koepka, casting doubt on his status for next month’s U.S. Open
Withdrew: Brooks Koepka, from this week’s PGA Tour playoff opener, the Northern Trust, citing lingering problems with his left knee and hip. Koepka, 30, a four-time major champion, is No. 7 in the Official World Golf Ranking but only 97th in the FedEx Cup standings. Last September, Koepka underwent a stem-cell procedure to treat a partially torn patella tendon. After he slipped and aggravated the knee at the CJ Cup in mid-October in South Korea, prompting his withdrawal, Koepka did not compete again until January, at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi event. In 11 PGA Tour starts in 2020, Koepka has posted only two top-10s, including a runner-up at the recent WGC FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Aug. 2. He missed the cut last week at the Wyndham Championship. Koepka's position in the Northern Trust field, which features Nos. 1-125 in the season standings, will not be filled (tee times). He would have needed a solid result this week to have moved into the top 70 of the season standings and earn a spot in next week's BMW Championship. The withdrawal from the Northern Trust ends the 2019-20 season for Koepka and casts doubt upon his status for the next month’s U.S. Open, a tournament that he won in 2017 and 2018.
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