US Open golf: Two-time champion Brooks Koepka withdraws from tournament due to injuries

Koepka won his first major at the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills and defended the crown in 2018 at Shinnecock, the first player to win back-to-back US Open titles since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989.

Agence France-Presse September 10, 2020 09:07:54 IST
US Open golf: Two-time champion Brooks Koepka withdraws from tournament due to injuries

Brooks Koepka spoke to journalists ahead of the 3M Open. AP

New York: Two-time US Open winner Brooks Koepka said Wednesday he has withdrawn from next week's US Open golf showdown at Winged Foot, still struggling with injuries.

Koepka won his first major at the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills and defended the crown in 2018 at Shinnecock, the first player to win back-to-back US Open titles since Curtis Strange in 1988 and 1989.

"Unfortunately, I have decided to withdraw from next week's US Open," Koepka tweeted Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to getting healthy and competing at 100% again very soon."

Koepka, who was a runner-up last year to Gary Woodland in his bid for a US Open three-peat, also won the 2018 and 2019 PGA Championships but shared 29th in last month's PGA at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Koepka injured his left knee in early 2019 and reinjured the knee last year in South Korea. He sat out almost five months and missed the cut or withdrew from three of five starts before the March COVID-19 season shutdown.

He was a runner-up last month at the WGC St. Jude Invitational but, the following week, Koepka needed hip treatment on the course during the second round of the PGA, where he faded with a final-round 74.

He missed the cut the next week at Greensboro and withdrew from the playoff opener to end his season.

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