US Ryder Cup team gets boost as Patrick Reed returns to the fray after recovering from pneumonia… but Brooks Koepka doubts after wrist injury at Tour Championship
- Patrick Reed said he is fit for selection again for America’s Ryder Cup team
- Reed recovered from pneumonia to finish 72 holes at Tour Championship
- But compatriot Brooks Koepka is a big doubt after another wrist injury
The good news for America’s Ryder Cup team is that Patrick Reed has declared himself fit after 72 holes in the Tour Championship and will be available for a captain’s wildcard when Steve Stricker announces his six picks on Wednesday.
The bad news is that the injury-prone Brooks Koepka is back in the wars with wrist problems that, to the player, felt uncomfortable as a repeat of the problem that kept him from golfing for four months and saw him miss the Masters in 2018.
It was sad to see Koepka struggling combatively for two holes on Saturday but clearly in too much pain to continue after playing a shot from the rough and hitting a hidden tree root.
Patrick Reed has declared himself fit for Ryder Cup squad after overcoming pneumonia
But compatriot Brooks Koepka has doubts after an injury to his wrist at the Tour Championship
As one of six Americans to automatically qualify for the Whistling Straits game in three weeks, Koepka was supposed to take an X-ray yesterday that could determine his fate.
As for Reed, is it time to change his Captain America name to Lazarus? Less than three weeks ago, he wondered if he would survive a nasty bout of bilateral pneumonia.
In hot, stifling conditions here, the 31-year-old shot 72, 69, 66 and 71 yesterday to make a compelling argument for selection.
Koepka got the last place prize money, just $395,000. For the 29 players left, it was well worth getting out of bed for the final 18 holes of the PGA Tour season, even if they weren’t in the running for the $15 million top prize.
Rory McIlroy continued to suffer from the stark inconsistency that has plagued his season
For example, if you moved just half a dozen places from 12th to sixth, someone would go from a $705,000 payday to $1.9 million.
Rory McIlroy made a much more modest payday after an inconsistent round of 67. It is the story of his erratic season that although he has made the required number of birdies and eagles, far too many mistakes have been made, and here was another round like that , his last for the Ryder Cup.
At the top of the standings, Patrick Cantlay had a one-stroke lead after nine holes over #1 Jon Rahm, with a $10 million difference between first and second place.
Patrick Cantlay led Jon Rahm to the top of the leaderboard for the event’s $15 million prize
There has never been a Europe Ryder Cup team with more than one Dane, but how about identical twins from Billund – the home of Legoland – making it to the next home game in Rome?
On the scene of the 2023 venue, Nicolai Hojgaard took a one-stroke victory over Tommy Fleetwood to claim the Italian Open in Rome and follow his brother Rasmus’ win at the European Masters in Switzerland the week before.
It is the first time that brothers have won consecutive titles on the European Tour, let alone twins. The pair, you might think, are just 20 years old and Nicolai is now the youngest winner of the Italian Open.
For Fleetwood, it was his first top three finish in over a year.