Shubhankar and Bhullar are preparing for the Abu Dhabi championship

16 Janvier, 2020, 01:51 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • Brooks Koepka says knee isn't 100 percent, but he's ready for return

A past victor in the desert, the American has made no secret of his desire to increase his power through a physical transformation, which has allowed him to hit as many as five clubs less into some of the greens in Abu Dhabi during practice rounds this week.

The defending champion went on to win his first major championship, the British Open at Royal Portrush in July, and climbed from 75th in the official world golf ranking to his current position of 19th. But if he's healthy obviously he can win, we all know how good he is, I don't think that's in question. I couldn't really envisage what happened given my form coming into Abu Dhabi.

"It was obviously really nice to get off to an unbelievable start here, winning one of the biggest events on Tour".

The 29-year-old American was more unsettled by the injury to his left knee that required stem cell treatment and has kept him out of competitive golf for over three months.

"My schedule is pretty similar to what I played past year".

"I don't write my goals down". I have it in my head what I want to achieve this year, and the main thing for me is to make that Ryder Cup team, and I've kind of set my schedule and everything out to do that.

"I remember it was actually kind of amusing, my brother shouted at Tiger and he shouted back at my brother, something like, 'Thanks, Bud, ' or whatever it was", Koepka told the media.

"The Olympics is going to be exciting".

"I'm just excited to hit balls", Koepka said.

"But I don't think anybody's ever operating at 100 percent".

Koepka was talking ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA, where they were predicting the future of the game and how it could change over the next 10 years. It throws you in at the deep end, a really tough test.

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"I've been lucky enough to have a couple of really good years here, in particular the ones that I did win here, catapulted me on for the rest of the year". Of course, there's targets to do with results, the obvious ones are to win tournaments or to win Majors - or to compete in Majors - and of course they are there. "Being named like that was a bit odd, but it is what it is and I take it and understand it".

Of course, Hampshire's Justin Rose claimed Gold at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, when numerous world's top players elected not to travel to Brazil over fears about the Zika virus.

The time away has done one thing - it has made Koepka eager to return to the golf grind.

"The Ryder Cup is in September".

The National Course 18 holes of Abu Dhabi Golf Club's 27 holes welcomes the top players once again this week.

Where is the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship?

Dealt with it the whole year.

"It gives you a lot of confidence".

Hovland's "easier route" to represent Norway in OlympicsHero Challenge victor Viktor Hovland at Yas Marina Circuit in the build up to his debut in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on the Falcon Course.

RISING star Viktor Hovland got his week in the UAE off to a great start with victory in the Hero Challenge, at Yas Marina Circuit on Tuesday.

With this being the first Rolex Series event of the season, the odds are high that the victor of this event will take the top spot on the Race to Dubai leaderboard come Sunday evening. I started hitting balls just before Christmas. I led the whole week and then found myself four behind with seven to play and I showed a lot of character, a lot of determination and a lot of heart that day. "And there's numerous times out there that our group is waiting for people to go, and so I certainly don't want to be waiting on players". "I mean, I missed competition".

The European Tour event, which begins on Thursday, is Koepka's first event since October, when he injured his left knee after slipping on concrete at the CJ Cup in South Korea.

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