Brooks Koepka out of Northern Trust with Knee Injury; U.S. Open Status Uncertain

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2020

Brooks Koepka walks on the on the 15th green during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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Brooks Koepka withdrew from the Northern Trust at TPC-Boston on Wednesday because of a knee injury, effectively ending his 2019-20 PGA Tour season.

Koepka entered the week 97th in FedEx Cup points, which puts him out of contention for qualifying for the BMW Championship or Tour Championship. Bob Harig of ESPN reported Koepka's status for the 2020 U.S. Open is "in doubt."

Koepka, who began the season as the world's top-ranked golfer, has been dealing with a knee issue since last year. The injury has greatly affected his play, as he's missed five cuts and only posted two top-10 finishes this season.

Koepka said last month, per Mark Schlabach of ESPN:

"It's definitely been frustrating. It will test you mentally, but at the same time, I'm looking at it as a challenge and something where I know ... it will turn around eventually. It's going to turn around. You don't work that hard for nothing. Starting to see signs of it. Now it's just about going and doing it. Whether it be this week, next week, a month from now, two months from now, whatever it's going to be, it will pay off."

Koepka said he will consider surgery after the season for a partially torn patellar tendon. He is also dealing with a hip injury that's affected his ability to get around on his swing.

Koepka won the 2017 and 2018 U.S. Opens and was in contention for a third straight PGA Championship earlier this month before shooting a final-round 74.