Koepka excited for comeback
Brooks Koepka says he is eager to get back on the course as he prepares to return from injury at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
World number one Koepka has not been seen in competitive action since The CJ Cup back in October, where he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a troublesome knee injury.
The 29-year-old underwent stem cell treatment to resolve the issue and he had hoped to be back for the 2019 Presidents Cup, however he decided to pull out of the team in order to fully recover.
Having spent three months away from the hustle and bustle of the game, Koepka will make his comeback this week at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the first of eight Rolex Series tournaments on the European Tour.
Speaking ahead of Thursday's opening round, the American, as quoted by The National, said: "When you have something you love and it's taken away from you, it makes you appreciate it more and really enjoy being out here.
"I miss competition. I've missed showing up to an event preparing for something, because I haven't had anything to prepare for. When you have three months off, it's not fun, I know that.
"I'm just excited to hit balls. It's enthusiasm to get out there and go play."
James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.