KIAWAH ISLAND, South Carolina (Reuters) – Brooks Koepka stated the most effective drugs for his surgically repaired proper knee was firing a second spherical 71 to take a seat one stroke off the lead and in sole possession of third place heading into the weekend on the PGA Championship.
The four-time main champion underwent surgical procedure in mid-March after he dislocated his kneecap and sustained ligament harm, however stated the knee didn’t trouble him via his stable first two rounds on the windswept Ocean Course.
“Feels high quality,” Koepka stated when requested the situation of his knee and the state of his recreation after his spherical. “I am four-under, so it feels alright,” he added with a smile and a wink.
The 31-year-old American, a giant recreation hunter who ceaselessly saves his finest golf for the game’s largest phases, stated competing within the match was easy in comparison with the grueling rehabs he has been pressured to endure a number of instances in his profession.
“That is all simple,” he stated. “All the pieces I did in rehab is a hell of loads more durable, I can promise you that.”
The previous world No. 1 has additionally struggled with left knee and hip points previously.
Regardless of trailing co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen by only one stroke, Koepka was usually robust on himself.
“C+,” he stated when requested to grade his eventful spherical, which combined two eagles and a birdie with 4 bogeys as a result of some errant putts.
“I believed I struck it nice, I drove it loads higher, however you continue to must putt on this wind.”
Koepka’s quest for a 3rd PGA Championship will resume on Saturday when he’s paired with South African Branden Grace, who has two top-five finishes in his PGA Championship profession.
(Reporting by Andrew Each; Writing by Rory Carroll; Enhancing by William Mallard)