US Open champion Brooks Koepka has revealed he will be taking a break from golf until the Masters due to a wrist injury.
The 27-year-old first noticed the problem while playing in the Hero World Challenge in December but had hoped a month off around Christmas would give him the chance to heal up.
The American then returned at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January, coming home last of the 34-strong field.
Koepka later said that he probably should not have competed in Kapalua and is now set for an extended spell on the sidelines having been diagnosed with a partial tear in the tendon in his left wrist.
The world No.8 had intended to play in five events in the build-up to the Masters, including the PGA Tour's Waste Management Phoenix Open, AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Honda Classic, as well as two World Golf Championship tournaments.
Koepka's projected return date is 30th March, a week before the Masters, which he is 1213.00 to win this year.
“I am frustrated that I will now not be able to play my intended schedule,” Koepka said in the release. “But I am confident in my doctors and in the treatment they have prescribed, and I look forward to teeing it up at the Masters.
“I began to feel some discomfort in my left hand at the Hero but it wasn’t a huge concern at the time,” Koepka added. “Then, perhaps unwisely, I decided to play through pain at the Sentry before the partial tear was diagnosed.”
Defending Masters champion Sergio Garcia is 29.00 to retain the Green Jacket while world No.1 Dustin Johnson is 12.00 and 2015 champion Jordan Spieth is 11.00.
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