Steve Stricker will ultimately not need a 13th man. Brooks Koepka says he is in good health and will play for the United States in the Ryder Cup next week at Whistling Straits.
Koepka’s participation had been in doubt since he retired in Round 3 of the Tour Championship 11 days ago after injuring his hand when hitting a tree root during an attempt to shoot. But the world No. 9 confirmed Golf week Wednesday night he’ll be in Wisconsin.
“I’ll be there. I’m ready to go,” he said via text. “I feel great. I did my rehabilitation, I did everything I had to do to be ready for the Cup. I’ll be there ready to play.
Koepka initially feared he had worsened a wrist injury from three years ago and briefly lost sensation in his left arm. “When I touched the root I thought it was a stinger and my wrist felt weird,” he said. “I lost the feeling of my elbow for a while. The feeling returned from my elbow to the middle of the forearm two minutes later, but from the middle of the forearm to the hand was a bit numb.
Koepka felt he had no choice but to withdraw from the FedEx Cup final in East Lake. “I couldn’t continue because I didn’t have grip strength in my left hand,” he said.
A day after this removal, Koepka said his arm was still outstretched, so he had an MRI scan which showed no broken bones. “The MRI showed us stuff and just made sure everything calmed down and everything worked out,” he said. “The grip pressure has returned to normal. “
“A little ice cream, a little rest, a little soft tissue work and a little rehab and we’re good to go,” he said.
Koepka said Golf week he has started training in recent days and that US Captain Stricker has been kept informed of his progress throughout the day.
“The captain and vice-captains have been briefed on every step and know I’ll be ready to go,” he said.
The Ryder Cup begins September 24.