Just an hour after it was announced that Brooks Koepka would be in a featured group for the first two rounds of next week’s 2021 Players Championship, Koepka announced that he has withdrawn from the event with a right knee injury.

The timing is horrible for Koepka, who won at the Phoenix Open last month and contended at the WGC-Workday Championship at The Concession last weekend. Koepka has thrived at The Players Championship in the past and looked to be fully recovered from a left knee injury which has plagued him for the last 18 months, but he unfortunately will not get a chance to participate next week.

“Brooks strained his right knee, and he is scheduled to further consult with doctors this week to receive a more extensive evaluation and outlook,” said Koepka’s manager, Blake Smith, in a statement. “We will be…

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