U.S. Open champ Koepka to miss Masters

Reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka will miss next month’s Masters as he continues to recover from a left wrist injury he suffered late last year.

Koepka hasn’t played since finishing last at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in early January. He revealed a few weeks later that he had suffered a partially torn Extensor Carpi Ulnaris (ECU) tendon, but was aiming to return in time for the Masters.

Brooks KoepkaHowever, Koepka only started putting this week and plans to begin chipping next week.

“They said I would be about 80 percent, but I can’t play 80 percent,” Koepka said Tuesday, per USA Today. “I either have to go full bore or not at all. I don’t want to risk getting it re-injured and then be out a long time.”

Koepka, who claimed his first major title at the U.S. Open at Erin Hills last year, tied for 11th at the 2017 Masters.

Despite having not competed for more than two months, Koepka remains ninth in the world golf rankings and third in the U.S. Ryder Cup team points.

He has competed only four times since finishing sixth at the Tour Championship last September. Koepka tied for second at the WGC-HSBC Champions event in October and won the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in Japan in November. His only other competitive event was Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge, where he finished last in the 18-player field.

–Field Level Media

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