Struggling with a knee injury, but former world number one Brooks Koepka is in the group of candidates for the major PGA Championship after two rounds.

The length of 7876 yards of Ocean Course – the longest in the history of major hosting courses, and strong winds during the first two days of competition left only 18 golfers with negative points. Koepka was one of them, with a score of -4 after 36 holes, third in the championship and one stroke from the top of the table. First place – T1 includes compatriot Phil Mickelson and South African golfer Branden Grace.

“Competing for the past two days was easy. Everything I had to do in the post-surgery period was much more difficult. To be more precise, the execution. Only the personal doctor understands, but no one sees,” Koepka said on 21 /5, after the second round of the PGA Championship. In the evening of the same day, the American golfer had to put ice on his right knee, and then asked a physiotherapist to “maintain” it.

Koepka brought the ball to the fans after completing the first hole of the second round of the PGA Championship at Ocean Stadium on May 21.  Photo: AP

Koepka brought the ball to the fans after completing the first hole of the second round of the PGA Championship at Ocean Stadium on May 21. Image: AP

Koepka went to Ocean Stadium, on Kiawah Island, South Carolina to compete in a state of not fully recovered, after surgery on her right knee due to ligament damage and dislocation of the kneecap in March. But despite the hardship, this American golfer still performed impressively in the major of the Professional Golf Association of America (PGAA).

On May 21, Koepka finished the second stage with 71 strokes, reaching 326.7 yards in two holes selected by the Organizing Committee to record the average teeing distance. He scored a birdie, went to four bogeys but still scored round -1 thanks to two more eagles on Ocean, par72. The whole match, the American golfer born in 1990 hit eight of the 14 fairways and went to the green according to the 11-hole standard.

On the first eagle on hole 7, Koepka hit the bushes, then hit the green with an 8 iron and finished with a 12-meter putt.

Koepka eagle on the 7th hole of the second round of the PGA Championship

On hole 11, he eagle again after “2 on” and a putt six meters away.

Koepka won the PGA Championship two years in a row – 2018 and 2019. In addition, he also defended the US Open 2017 at the 2018 tournament. These four majors accounted for half of the PGA Tour championships in more than eight golf tournaments he played. profession. On October 21, 2018, Koepka first reached the top of the world rankings (OWGR) and accumulated 47 weeks in this position.

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