Brooks Koepka confirms he will play Ryder Cup
Status was in question after he withdrew from TOUR Championship
September 16, 2021
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- September 16, 2021
- Brooks Koepka has confirmed he will compete in the Ryder Cup. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Brooks Koepka will be at Whistling Straits.
That’s what the four-time major winner told Golfweek on Wednesday, ending speculation that he may miss the Ryder Cup due to injury. Koepka’s status was in question after he withdrew from the TOUR Championship on Sept. 4 with an injury to his left arm.
“I’ll be there. I’m good to go,” Koepka told Golfweek in a text message. “I’m feeling good. Been doing my rehab, doing everything I need to do to be ready for the Cup. I’ll be there ready to play.”
Koepka hit a tree root while playing a shot on East Lake’s 10th hole in the third round of the TOUR Championship. Unable to grip a club, he withdrew two holes later.
“When I hit the root I thought it was a stinger and my wrist was feeling weird,” he told Golfweek. “I lost feeling to my elbow for a bit. Feeling came back from my elbow to mid-forearm two minutes later, but from mid-forearm to hand was kinda numb.”
The winner of this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open finished 30th in the FedExCup. He had an MRI after leaving East Lake that showed no broken bones.
“The MRI showed us some stuff and just making sure it’s calmed down and got everything worked out,” he said. “Grip pressure has gotten back to normal. Some ice, some rest, some soft tissue work and some rehab and we’re good to go.”
Koepka, a four-time major winner, has represented the United States in two Ryder Cups (2016, ’18) and one Presidents Cup (2017). He was the United States’ top qualifier in its last international Cup competition, the 2019 Presidents Cup, but had to withdraw due to a knee injury.
He went 3-1-0 in the United States’ victory in the 2016 Ryder Cup and 1-2-1 in its loss three years ago.