Brooks Koepka was doing Brooks Koepka things on Friday afternoon at the PGA Championship, where he moved into a tie for second place after making a birdie on the par-5 10th hole at TPC Harding Park.
Seeking to become the first player in 100 years to win a third straight Wanamaker trophy, the 30-year-old was in perfect position to make his move.
Two holes later, though, he was on his back.
After hitting his drive down the right side of the 12th, Koepka sprawled out in the rough, getting his left leg stretched by his trainer. Given that he injured his left knee last fall and has continued to be bothered by it, seeing the-four-time major champ being worked on was naturally a worrisome sight.
Koepka said after his round of two-under 68 that he woke up with his left hip not feeling right. ‘It felt a little tight, I got it stretched out,” he said. “Eventually, it’s just going to tighten up.”
He noted that the stretching he did on the course is something that he does every day. The trainer ended up working on Koepka three times during the back nine. “It’s fine,” Koepka said. “It’s not an issue. We have it figured out.”
After the first stretch, Koepka made a bogey at 13, but ended with a tremendous birdie from the fairway bunker on the 18th to move to six under for the tournament, two shots off the lead heading into the weekend in his bid to win his fifth career major.