Koepka is the No 1 player in the World Ranking. He said he had been making efforts in his recovery to be ready to compete at Royal Melbourne. However, the healing had not progressed as he had hoped. He finished first in the points standings for the American team. During the official qualifying period, he underwent a painful knee procedure after the Tour Championship in August. And re-injured the knee at the C.J. Cup in September after slipping on wet concrete.
Tiger Woods gets the replacement of Brooks Koepka as Rickie Fowler. Rickie has played on a couple of Presidents Cup teams, was someone seriously considered for a pick and is well respected and liked by his teammates. I know he’s going to do a great job for us. We’re all excited about this year’s event. The course is outstanding, the fans will be loud and we’re playing against great competitors.
The 2019 Presidents Cup begins on Dec. 12. The United States has won the past seven biennial matches, although the lone International win in the series came at Royal Melbourne in 1998. So, it will be a big challenge for Rickie Fowler.