Presidents Cup: Brooks Koepka withdraws from United States team for event in Australia
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World number one Brooks Koepka has withdrawn in the United States’ Presidents Cup team due to injury and will be substituted by Rickie Fowler.
Koepka, 29, re-injured his knee through October’s CJ Cup in South Korea and will overlook the occasion.
Even the Presidents Cup sees a US side compete against an global group, constituting gamers.
“I regret not being in a position to compete. I want more time to cure,” explained Koepka.
“I’m sorry I will not have the ability to represent the red, white and blue and I wish my team-mates nothing but the best because they function to retain the Presidents Cup.
“I advised captain Tiger Woods that although constant medical care and rehab, I am unable to play golf currently. I think it to be a high honour.
“Since my injury from Korea I have been in touch with Tiger and promised him I was making every effort to be 100 percent in time for the Presidents Cup in Australia.”
Woods, who had previously mentioned that overlooking Fowler to get a wild card has been his”toughest call”, added:”Brooks and I talked and he is disappointed he won’t have the ability to compete.
“I advised him to get well soon and we’re sorry he won’t be with us. He’d clearly be an advantage on the path and in the team room.”
Fowler, 30, has completed second or connected second three times in Majors – the 2018 Pros, the 2014 Open and that the 2014 US Open – and is now ranked 21st in the world.
He explained:”These team events have been some of the most memorable weeks of my livelihood. To be picked by Tiger to contend with him and the remainder of the team is very special.
“It is not possible to replace the planet’s number one, however I can guarantee my team-mates and American football enthusiasts that I will be prepared and prepared to perform my part to make home the Presidents Cup.”
International: Abraham Ancer (Mexico), Jason Day (Australia), Adam Hadwin (Canada), Im Sung-jae (South Korea), Marc Leishman (Australia), Li Haotong (China), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Joaquin Niemann (Chile) Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), CT Pan (Chinese Taipei), Adam Scott (Australia), Cameron Smith (Australia),
United States: Tiger Woods (capt), Patrick Cantlay, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Reed, Xander Schauffele, Webb Simpson, Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland.
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