World number 16 Brooks Koepka has confirmed he has been forced to withdraw from next week’s Open Championship at Royal Troon due to injury.
The 26-year-old had been hoping to overcome a recent ankle problem but he has failed to do so and will now be replaced by fellow American Colt Knost in the field next week.
Koepka enjoyed a solid few days in The Open last year as he finished in a tie for tenth, with Zach Johnson eventually lifting the Claret Jug at St Andrews.
The Florida-born star has now decided to rest for a few weeks before making his comeback at the US PGA Championship later this year.
In a statement, he said: “I have a torn ligament in my right ankle that requires additional rehab over the next couple of weeks.
This is the same injury that forced me to withdraw from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after 13 holes.
“I have been consulting with my doctor, trainer and my entire team over the past week. We all feel this is the best decision at this time.
I plan on making a full recovery over the next couple of weeks and returning at the PGA Championship.
“I wish everyone the best of luck next week at Royal Troon and I look forward to seeing everyone at Baltusrol.”
American Jon Curran is now first reserve for the year’s third major championship but the majority of the entrants look set to compete next week.
World number Jason Day is the favourite and he can be backed at odds of 8.00 to win with Dafabet.