Brooks Koepka, the world's 16th-ranked player, announced his withdrawal from next week's British Open at Royal Troon on Saturday. He will be replaced by fellow American Colt Knost. Koepka had also pulled out of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last week with an ankle injury.
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Koepka released a statement via Facebook concerning his withdrawal from the British Open, citing the same ankle injury. He stated that it will require additional rehab over the next couple of weeks, and that he hopes to return for the PGA Championship at Baltusrol.
"After much consideration, I will unfortunately be withdrawing from next week’s Open Championship. I have a torn ligament in my right ankle that requires additional rehab over the next couple of weeks. This is the same injury that forced me to withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after 13 holes. I have been consulting with my doctor, trainer, and my entire team over the past week. We all feel this is the best decision at this time. I plan on making a full recovery over the next couple of weeks and returning at the PGA Championship. I wish everyone the best of luck next week at Royal Troon and I look forward to seeing everyone at Baltusrol."
Koepka has played well this year, coming off second place finishes at the AT&T Byron Nelson and FedEx St. Jude and a tie for 13th at the U.S. Open. He currently occupies the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list.
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