• Brooks makes long-awaited return

    Brooks Koepka
    Brooks Koepka

    Former world No 1 Brooks Koepka will make his anticipated return to golf as part of a highly competitive field at this week’s CJ Cup.

    Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was rescheduled and moved from South Korea, where it is normally hosted, to Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas.

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    Koepka, who won the competition back in 2018, will be in action for the very first time since he withdrew from the Northern Trust for the first FedEx Cup playoff event in August due to an ongoing knee issue.

    The four-time Major champion also skipped the US Open and will be trying to get his rhythm back ahead of next month’s Masters.

    Koepka will, however, be part of a very exciting field as players from across the world begin to sharpen their preparations for Augusta National.

    World No 1 Dustin Johnson will also feature when play gets under way on Thursday, while Tyrrell Hatton, who won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth over this past weekend, will also tee off as part of the field.

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    PGA Tour regulars Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Matthew Wolff are just some of the big-name players in action, while Tommy Fleetwood has also once again travelled across the Atlantic to take part in the USA.

    Koepka, though, has endured a difficult 2019 after taking three months off towards the end of last year to undergo knee surgery.

    He then ultimately relinquished his world No 1 spot to McIlroy and has since dropped out of the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings after Hatton’s victory on Sunday.


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