(Reuters) – After 3 months rehabilitating an “excruciating” left knee damage, global primary Brooks Koepka returns to festival at this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship nonetheless no longer totally recovered however prepared to check the state of the joint.
FILE PHOTO: Golfing – The 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush Golfing Membership, Portrush, Northern Eire – July 21, 2019 Brooks Koepka of the U.S. at the third hollow right through the overall spherical REUTERS/Paul Childs
Koepka has no longer performed since slipping on concrete right through the PGA Excursion’s C.J. Cup in South Korea in October, and says his restoration continues to be a piece in development.
“It doesn’t really feel the similar as my proper,” the four-time primary champion, talking of his left knee, instructed journalists on Tuesday.
“It more than likely gained’t for some time, however it does really feel strong, which leaving Korea and all of the method as much as a couple of month and a part in the past, it didn’t really feel strong.
“I’ve had issues of it since March. Handled it the entire 12 months … I had stem cellular achieved on my knee and it felt positive after which in Korea, simply slipped, re-tore it and the kneecap had moved into the fats pad, which was once excruciating.”
Koepka due to this fact overlooked the Presidents Cup and didn’t get started training once more till round Christmas time. His look this week was once no longer a walk in the park till moderately just lately.
But he says that taking part in harm — he was once additionally out for 3 months with a wrist damage two years in the past — is not anything new and he’s going to no longer make excuses.
“I don’t wish to say this was once more or less up within the air, however we weren’t 100 % on it too way back,” he mentioned.
“However I don’t assume any one’s ever running at 100 %. Everyone’s dinged up a bit of bit. No one desires to listen to an excuse so … simply get on with it and cross play. I imply, I gained with it, so I don’t see any factor with it.”
Koepka had the most efficient file in majors final 12 months, profitable the PGA Championship, completing 2d on the Masters and U.S. Open and fourth on the British Open.
On the other hand, he was once snubbed by means of his friends who voted Rory McIlroy because the PGA Excursion Participant of the Yr after the Northern Irishman gained the season-long FedEx Cup issues race in spite of a disappointing marketing campaign within the majors.
McIlroy mentioned just lately he concept he was once the most efficient participant on this planet “on my day” and Koepka didn’t chunk on Tuesday when given an opportunity to speak up the contention.
“He will have to imagine that,” mentioned the 29-year-old American.
“Everyone taking part in will have to assume that. I imply, for those who don’t assume you’re the most efficient participant, what’s the purpose.”
Reporting by means of Andrew Each in Cary, North Carolina; Enhancing by means of Ian Chadband