Brooks Koepka has endured a down year by his standards. The four-time major championship winner missed four cuts last season and only recorded two top-10 finishes.
It wasn’t all his fault, though. Koepka has been dealing with a nagging knee injury all year, and surgery threw him off his game for a while. After some soul searching, Koepka recently revealed his biggest regret from his rehabilitation process.
Brooks Koepka hasn’t had a great year
Brooks Koepka hasn’t had a poor season, per say. Most PGA Tour players would be thrilled with two top-10s in a season, but Koepka isn’t most players.
Koepka has gotten used to contending in nearly every tournament he enters, especially the majors. That’s why it was so surprising to see him miss multiple cuts and fail to record a win in 2020.
Koepka could blame his injured knee for his disappointing season, but he puts all the blame on himself.
Koepka reveals his biggest regret from the year
Koepka spoke to the media on Tuesday before the 2020 Master Tournament, and he was asked about the rehabilitation for his knee. He said he could’ve worked harder to speed up the healing process.
The one thing I regret is not really doing the right things. It was more, I don’t want to say I was slacking, but I didn’t put the effort I needed to to rehab. And that’s on me, so I’ve got to live with that. I didn’t – I just thought there was a certain point, you know, I trained so hard, done all that before the Masters last year, where I was like, ‘I’m just going to take some time off from the gym. I’ve worked hard enough. I want to, you know, take a few months. Then just became lazy. Simple. I didn’t work hard enough and kind of had to redevote myself to working out in the gym, making sure that I’m getting better because that’s the whole point of trying to get better. You’re not trying to stay the same.Brooks Koepka
Koepka must’ve been working hard recently to get back to full strength, because he looks just like his old self heading into The Masters.
Koepka has some momentum coming into The Masters
Koepka hasn’t been especially impressive in 2020, but he has some real momentum heading into Augusta National. He finished T5 at the Vivint Houston Open last weekend after back-to-back rounds of 65 to finish the tournament.
Everything’s fine. I feel normal. Knee feels good. Hip, I haven’t had an issue with. Nice to have those two months rehabbing in San Diego and getting everything straightened away. Vegas was more just see how everything holds up and see where I’m at, and it felt good.Brooks Koepka
Koepka is finally healthy again, and that’s bad news for the rest of the Masters field.