Brooks Koepka Forced To Withdraw From Arnold Palmer Invitational With Rib Injury

Dan Hauser
Posted by Dan Hauser
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Brooks Koepka does not have a history of withdrawing from golf tournaments. In fact, heading into this weekend, he had yet to withdraw from an event during play on either the European or PGA Tours.

That streak came to an end on Sunday, when Koepka had to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational after 11 holes with a rib injury. It wasn't just any rib injury either. Koepka's rib had actually become dislocated earlier in the week and played through until he just coudln't go anymore.

"They put it back in place twice yesterday and it didn't pop out again today, it's just very painful and very tough to breathe. It's not fun," the Palm Beach Gardens resident said.

Koepka said the initial dislocation occured before his round started on Saturday. He thought about pulling out then but they pooped it back in and he felt that he could still play well enough to contend.

"I remember walking down 1 {on Saturday} and I couldn't even breathe," Koepka added. "It hurt so bad that we didn't even know if I would finish. I gave myself to 9, but my problem was I was like 'man I can still shoot under par and I can still grind it out'. I knew I could still shoot 3, 4-under and that's what kepty me going. I didn't do that but I felt like I could."

Koepka got through the front nine again on Sunday feeling like he could continue to play. It was a shot out of the rough at 11 that eventually made the pain so bad that he couldn't go on.

"I had to go at it pretty hard, ball below the feet," Koepka said describing the shot. "That's when I turned to my caddie and said 'that's the worst pain I've had all week'. Hit the drive on 12 and basically dropped to my knees and said 'that's it'."

As mentioned, Koepka had never withdrawn from a golf tournament as a professional. He said it dates even further back then that though, all the way to when he first started to play.

“I don’t quit," Koepka said. "From when I started to play golf to today, this is the first time I’ve had to WD."

Koepka's plan now is to go back home and take the week off and rest. He is scheduled to play in the Shell Houston Open next week before heading to Augusta and the Masters. While the trip to Houston is up in the air, Koepka said he will be at the Masters no matter what.

"I'll be there," Koepka said. "I'll give it a go. Everyone keeps telling me rest is the only way to go. If I feel like I'm ready to go to Houston, I'll go to Houston. If not, then it could be a last minute call."

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