A right knee injury forces Brooks Koepka to miss The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach (Florida), from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 March, in the PGA Tour golf tournament show that is giving away a total prize money of 15,000,000 dollars, the American will not be there.
After an unsuccessful 2020, the 4-time Major champion last February returned to impose himself at the Phoenix Open only to close the WGC-Concession in second place. Now a new stop, which however concerns the right knee and not the left one that had made him suffer so much last year.
Brooks Koepka, new stop
And now there is concern also in view of the next appointments with the highlight scheduled for April (8-11) in Georgia (USA) with the Masters Tournament. Check-ups and medical consultations are expected in the next few hours.
In fact, Koepka will be forced to skip The Players. The Indian Anirban Lahiri will play in his place. The Arnold Palmer Invitational went to Bryson DeChambeau who in Florida won in a sprint the eighth victory (in 117 starts) on the PGA Tour (figure including a Major), the first since the triumph at the US Open last September.
In Orlando, the Californian champion with a partial of 71 (-1) out of a total of 277 (-11) shots, overtook the British Lee Westwood's competition in the photo finish, second with 278 (-10). With the exploit at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge (par 72) the "mad scientist" (nickname derived from his degree in physics) of men's golf regains the Top 10 of the world ranking moving from eleventh to sixth position and flies to the command of FedEx Cup by cashing a check for $ 1,674,000 for a total prize pool of 9,300,000.
After a start to the season below expectations, the 27-year-old from Modesto (California) who builds golf clubs in the garage, does not bend his wrists during the swing and hits the ball with great power, has returned to make a big voice by becoming the first American player since 2015 (Matt Every) to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational and to wear the "red cardigan", the symbol of the competition.
"I'm so proud - the joy of him - to wear it, Mr. Palmer had a great influence on me. This victory fills me with pride"