Brooks Koepka withdraws from The Players Championship

Eight-time PGA Tour winner Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from the 2021 Players Championship due to a knee injury.

“Brooks strained his right knee and he is scheduled to further consult with doctors this week to receive a more extensive evaluation and outlook,” said Blake Smith, Koepka’s manager.

“We will be able to provide additional updates and information as we learn more.”

Koepka is currently 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking. The 30-year-old finished in a tie for second place at the World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession on Feb. 28.

Brooks Koepka
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Koepka has battled ongoing knee issues among a variety of injuries the past several years.

The two-time U.S. Open champion withdrew from last September’s event while recovering from a partial tear in the labrum of his hip that sidelined him for two months. Koepka underwent a stem cell procedure on his knee shortly after the Tour Championship in 2019, and then aggravated the injury later that year and continued to be bothered by knee pain last year until suffering the hip injury.

Kopeka will be replaced in the 154-player field at The Players Championship by Anirban Lahiri of India, provided a player not otherwise exempt wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Players Championship begins Thursday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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