World Number One, Brooks Koepka, has withdraw from the CJ Cup with a knee injury. Koepka withdrew from the PGA Tour event before the start of the third round in South Korea.

Koepka carded a 69 in round one and followed that with 75 in the second round, which included five bogeys on the Nine Bridges course.

The 29-year-old has struggled with a reoccurring knee injury and revealed he played hurt for most of last season.

After last seasons final event the tour championship Koepka said: “I had some stem cell done on my knee. My patella tendon was partially torn.” He also added: “I spent the first probably three, four weeks just rehabbing that and been back hitting balls.”

Norwegian, Viktor Hovland, set a new PGA Tour record this week scoring his 18th and 19th consecutive scores in the 60’s. The 22-year-old has opened with two rounds of 69 and is currently tied 12th.

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Hovland Said: “it’s cool” on being a PGA Tour record holder, He went on to say: “I didn’t even know what the streak was at the time”. This is the first time the record has been broken since 1983.

Hovland joined the European Tour as well as the PGA Tour for the upcoming season in order to be in contention to qualify for next years’ Ryder Cup team.

Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson also has teed it up this weekend in South Korea and came inches away from joining elite company. ‘Lefty’ almost made a hole-in-one on the 353 yard, par 4, 14th hole at Nine Bridges.

The American left himself a tap in double-eagle putt after hitting the flag stick with the group of players ahead, still on the green. Despite the Eagle, Mickelson has opened with rounds of 70 and 72.

Merseyside’s Tommy Fleetwood has been quiet so far with rounds of 71 and 70 leaving him at -3, ten shots behind leader Justin Thomas.

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