The American, out since October with an injured left knee, still tops the world ranking
12: Number of weeks of competition that American Brooks Koepka will have missed when he returns next week at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Koepka, a four-time major champion who stands No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has not played since he withdrew before the third round of CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in October, citing an injured left knee. He missed the Presidents Cup last month. The $7 million Abu Dhabi event, the first of eight higher-paying tournaments on the Rolex Series, begins a three-week Desert Swing on the European Tour’s 2019-20 calendar.
54: Age, in years, of South Africa’s James Kingston, the oldest competitor entered in the South African Open, which begins Thursday at Randpark Golf Club in Johannesburg (tee times). Kingston won the 2007 title, his first of two career victories on the European Tour. In October, Kingston claimed his first senior title, winning the Senior SA Open en route to a second-place finish on the Staysure Tour’s Order of Merit.