ORLANDO, Fla. – After struggling through Saturday’s round with a rib injury, Brooks Koepka did something he’d never done before in competition on Sunday.
The 24-year-old withdrew after teeing off on the 12th hole at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
“I don’t quit. From when I started to play golf to today, this is the first time I’ve had to WD and it really pisses me off, to be honest with you,” said Koepka, who was 3 over par when he withdrew.
Koepka said he tweaked his back warming up for his round on Friday when he shot a 6-under 66, but it was during Round 3 that he said he “felt something funny.” He was diagnosed with a dislocated rib in his lower left back.
“I tweaked the same spot, the same muscle, a year ago. But I wouldn’t say that was anything big at all. Very minor, day or two kind of sore,” said Koepka, who had treatment twice during Saturday’s round. “It’s really painful. It hurts to breathe. If you take deep breathes, you really struggle.”
Koepka said he plans to head home to south Florida for a magnetic resonance imaging test this week and some rest. He is currently scheduled to play the Shell Houston Open in two weeks before heading to Augusta National for his first start in the Masters.