Brooks Koepka faces a race against time to get fit for the upcoming Ryder Cup with the Team USA star battling a wrist injury.
The teams for the hit golf team event at Whistling Straits have been confirmed and all eyes are on Wisconsin.
Koepka injured his left wrist / forearm during the Tour Championship on September 4th.
Koepka qualified for Steve Stricker’s right side after another great season on the PGA Tour, but could fail to represent the Stars and Stripes.
The 31-year-old’s injury will cause Stricker sleepless nights as he considers who he should bring if Koepka is unable to do so.
A few days before the start of the 2021 Ryder Cup, Team USA still has a number of questions to answer …
Brooks Koepka’s injury: is he in good shape?
Koepka injured his left wrist / forearm after having violent contact with a tree root during the Tour Championship on September 4th.
Koepka’s club resonated dramatically after hitting the root that neither he nor caddy Ricky Elliott had seen before his shot.
He was forced to withdraw from this tournament and has since recovered.
Koepka has had to deal with a number of injuries in recent years, including hip and knee problems.
The four-time winner of the Major has yet to confirm whether he will be fit to play for the U.S. team at the Ryder Cup.
Koepka has competed in two Ryder Cups in his career so far, in 2016 and 2018, and has a record of four wins, three losses and one game divided by two.
Losing Koepka, the four-time Major winner, would be a blow to the American team Brooks Koepka. Who could replace him?
If Koepka fails to prove his fitness, Stricker will have a tough decision to make.
In terms of world rankings and recent form, it would appear to be a direct shootout between Billy Horschel and Patrick Reed.
Horschel was superb in winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last weekend and expressed disappointment that he was not selected or received a phone call from Stricker.
Reed, meanwhile, won the Farmers Insurance Open this season, played well at the Masters and has a good Ryder Cup pedigree.
Other players who could claim to replace Koepka include Webb Simpson, Kevin Na, Sam Burns, Jason Kokrak and even 2021 PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson.
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Billy Horschel can’t wait to be part of the 2021 Ryder Cup Brooks Koepka Injury: What Has Been Said?
After winning at Wentworth, Horschel admitted his Ryder Cup snub had “screwed his ass a bit”.
He said: “Look, I didn’t play well enough to score enough points to automatically qualify. I haven’t played regularly enough over the past few months to really give myself a big chance of being picked.
“I’ll say this, there was a bit of extra motivation this week. I thought I was going to get a call. I didn’t think it would be a phone call saying I was part of the team. But it was a phone call saying, “Hey, you had a great year, obviously we talked, but we’re going to go in a different direction”.
“I did not receive this phone call. I was a little upset. I was a little ticked off. Gave me a little bit of fire in my butt or my ass, to be nice not to really show anything, but you know, it just gave me a little bit of fire, not that I needed it.
“But yeah, like I said, I didn’t play well enough to qualify and I didn’t play well enough to obviously be close to being selected. So that’s what it is. I will support the team. They have an amazing team and I can’t wait to see what happens in two weeks.