Koepka withdraws from CJ Cup with knee injury

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Brooks Koepka withdraws from CJ Cup after slipping on wet concrete and reinjuring his left knee

Brooks Koepka withdrew from the the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges ahead of Saturday's third round after causing injury to his left knee by slipping on wet concrete.

“During the course of Friday’s round, I slipped on wet concrete aggravating a previous injury to my left knee," he said in a statement.

"After consulting with my doctor, I have been advised to withdraw from the CJ Cup and head home for further tests. I appreciate everyone’s concerns and support. I’ll keep you posted as I learn more.”

The World No.1 had spoken positively earlier in the week about the status of his knee, having revealed two weeks ago that he underwent stem cell treatment after the Tour Championship to repair a partially torn patella tendon. 

“My knee's fine, it feels good," Koepka had said on Tuesday. "It bugged me since March maybe, but everything's fine now"

"Did my rehab, my recovery and there shouldn't be any issues. There might be one more round of stem cells maybe, before hopefully the end of the year here during some off-time. But other than that, I feel great. My knee feels good. It's the first time it's been feeling consistently good in a while."

The 29-year-old, who won this event last year, opened the tournament with rounds of 69-75 to sit at T51 on level par before pulling out of the tournament.