Brooks Koepka feels 100 per cent again ahead of the start of the new PGA Tour season after revealing he had stem cell treatment on his injured left knee following the end of the 2018-19 campaign.

Koepka produced a series of superb performances last term, successfully defending his title at the US PGA Championship in between finishing tied second at The Masters, second at the U.S. Open and tied fourth at The Open.

Speaking ahead of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Koepka disclosed that he enjoyed such success while playing with a partially torn patellar tendon that prevented him from practicing ahead of events.

The 29-year-old was also hampered by a wrist issue but is now ready to launch a renewed bid for more majors with his body back to full strength.

"I wasn't healthy, had some stuff done on my knee, one day after FedEx [The Tour Championship]. [I've] just been trying to take it easy, trying to get healthy," Koepka told a media conference.

"I finally feel 100 per cent, hopefully it can stay that way for the rest of the season. Battling it there for the last four months of that season, it's just nice to be back playing.

"I had some stem cell done on my knee, my patellar tendon was partially torn. I spent the first three, four weeks [of the break] rehabbing that, [but I've] been back hitting balls, I can finally practice again without pain.

"Last year I didn't practice at all. I finally feel this year I can practice again. If I can come back and be healthy that's the important thing, I finally feel good enough where I can actually practice and feel prepared coming into golf tournaments, not trying to find it on Tuesday and Wednesday. I'll be practicing this year.

"My wrist wasn't 100 per cent and my knee was bugging me from March on. [I'm] not gonna make excuses, it's [just] nice to feel good for once. Just being able to walk the golf course without pain is nice. 

"I've got five, six years left of my prime and I want to see how far I can take it. I'm extremely motivated to see how far I can push it."

Whistling Straits will provide the perfect setting for all the thrills and spills synonymous with the Ryder Cup, according to Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington.

The Wisconsin course, which has hosted the US PGA Championship three times, is the stage for next September's edition of the biennial clash.

Harrington will be seeking to guide his side to a second consecutive title, having thrashed the United States 17.5-10.5 in Paris last year under the stewardship of Thomas Bjorn.

The Irishman and opposite number Steve Stricker faced the world's media on Tuesday during a year-to-go event at the links-style track.

"It will be a great venue for the Ryder Cup," said three-time major winner Harrington, who believes in the distant future a neutral venue will host the event.

"It's a dramatic course. The Ryder Cup is one of the biggest sporting events and probably the most exciting event in golf.

"It needs a dramatic course that lends itself to spectacular play, as well as disastrous play.

"The three PGA [Championships] I played here, what I remember most is the variability of the golf course.

"With a change of wind, moving the tee box forward or back – it can change the whole character of the hole."

On the subject of moving the competition to somewhere outside of Europe or America, Harrington added: "Clearly in Europe, we get to set the golf course up and we set it up in every way we can to suit our players, and in the States, we have seen that as well, where it is set up to be the most advantageous for the home team.

"It is not going to happen probably in my lifetime, but 40 or 50 years down the road with the Ryder Cup still going along, it would probably be best to have a neutral set-up."

For Wisconsin local Stricker, the fact no American has triumphed in any of the majors played at Whistling Straits is a cause for concern.

And the windy and rainy conditions that accompanied Tuesday's media event prompted the 52-year-old to ask Harrington if he had brought the weather with him from Ireland.

"Hopefully we have nice, sunny 75-degree days this time next year," said Stricker.

"If you look out there it has the feel of Ireland. The whole setting next to Lake Michigan, it could be overseas.

"It's a great venue. We're going to have an unbelievable crowd, with an atmosphere like [2016 host course] Hazeltine."

Cameron Champ held off a surging Adam Hadwin to claim the Safeway Open by one shot in a thrilling finale.

Canada's Hadwin had birdied three consecutive holes to close out his final round in a share of the lead in Napa, California on Sunday.

However, American Champ holed a three-foot, eight-inch birdie putt at the 18th to claim his second PGA Tour title.

Champ carded his fourth successive round in the 60s – a three-under-par 69 – to finish 17 under, ahead of Hadwin (67) at Silverado Country Club.

Seeking his first Tour victory since taking out last year's Sanderson Farms Championship, Champ carried a three-stroke lead into the final day.

Champ birdied four holes on the front nine – his only blemish at the eighth – before dropping the 17th but regrouping with a title-sealing birdie.

Hadwin, who was three shots off the pace at the start of the day, recorded eight birdies and three bogeys as he pushed Champ to the limit.

Australian Marc Leishman finished outright third thanks to his seven-under-par 65, a shot ahead of American trio Charles Howell III (68), Zac Blair (68) and Justin Thomas (69) at 14 under.

Thomas – winner of the 2017 FedEx Cup and US PGA Championship – had to settle for a tie for fourth following four birdies and a bogey.

Bryson DeChambeau (70) held the lead at the halfway stage of the tournament, however, the five-time PGA Tour champion finished tied for 13th back-to-back rounds in the 70s.

Cameron Champ earned a commanding three-stroke lead after the third round of the Safeway Open.

American Champ carded a five-under-par 67 in the penultimate round at Silverado Country Club on Saturday.

Winner of last year's Sanderson Farms Championship, Champ – seeking his second PGA Tour title – was flawless as he holed five birdies in Napa, California.

Champ improved to 14 under through 54 holes, ahead of last week's Sanderson Farms Championship winner Sebastian Munoz (67), Adam Hadwin (67) and Nick Taylor (70).

Justin Thomas – winner of the 2017 FedEx Cup and US PGA Championship – is a stroke further back following his one-under-par 71.

Thomas was among five players tied for third heading into day three, however, the American star was unable to maintain that charge.

A second 71 saw Thomas fall into a tie for fifth alongside Chez Reavie (69), Collin Morikawa (70) and Nick Watney (72), who was two shots off the pace at the start of the round.

Overnight leader Bryson DeChambeau endured a forgettable round as he slid down the leaderboard following a four-over-par 76.

A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau held a two-stroke lead when he teed off but the American had a double bogey and two bogeys to be six shots adrift.

Bryson DeChambeau opened up a two-stroke lead at the Safeway Open after firing an eight-under 64 in the second round, while Tony Romo missed the cut.

American DeChambeau produced a bogey-free round in Napa, California, to move into 12 under on Friday.

DeChambeau made three birdies on the front nine before five more followed, including three straight from 10 through 12.

A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau holds a two-shot lead over Nick Watney (65).

Justin Thomas carded an eight-under 64 to be among five players tied for third at nine under.

Nick Taylor (66), Dylan Frittelli (65), Adam Long (68) and Cameron Champ (68) are alongside Thomas.

Defending champion Kevin Tway was among those who missed the cut after shooting rounds of 71 and 72.

Romo, the Dallas Cowboys great and an amateur golfer, fired a second-round 78 to finish at four over.

Former world number one Adam Scott ended the opening round in a tie for the Safeway Open lead alongside Andrew Landry, while former NFL quarterback Tony Romo produced a fine display.

Scott carded a seven-under-par 65 for a share of the one-stroke lead after day one of the PGA Tour tournament in Napa, California on Thursday.

The Australian golfer was almost flawless at the Silverado Country Club, where Scott bogeyed one hole while posting an eagle and six birdies.

American Landry joined Scott atop the leaderboard thanks to his bogey-free performance, which included seven birdies.

Francesco Molinari – winner of the Open Championship in 2018 – and Matthew NeSmith are a shot off the pace following their first-round 66s.

Ex-Dallas Cowboys QB Romo posted a two-under-par 70 to be among 22 players tied for 29th position heading into the second round.

Romo – a four-time Pro Bowler who retired in 2016 – is appearing in just his fourth PGA Tour event.

The 39-year-old, who won the 2018 celebrity tournament American Century Championship – used five birdies to help come back from an up-and-down round.

Amateur Romo upstaged stars Justin Thomas and Phil Mickelson in the opening round of the Safeway Open, as well as defending champion Kevin Tway following his 71.

Thomas – winner of the 2017 FedEx Cup and US PGA Championship – experienced a mixed round with an eagle, three birdies and four bogeys for a one-under-par 71.

Five-time major champion Mickelson struggled in his three-over-par 75, which left the American with plenty of work to do.

Sebastian Munoz secured his maiden PGA Tour victory with a play-off win at the Sanderson Farms Championship on Sunday.

The Colombian holed a late birdie in regulation at the Country Club of Jackson to force a play-off with Im Sung-jae.

A par at the first play-off hole was enough for Munoz, who became just the second Colombian to win on the PGA Tour, joining Camilo Villegas.

"It was just a great day," Munoz told the Golf Channel.

"Putts weren't going in but me and my caddie just stayed confident, like it's coming, it's coming, it's coming and when it came, this place just erupted, it was awesome. Just speechless.

"[Joaquin Niemann's win at the Greenbrier Classic] definitely gave me the belief that I needed, the little extra belief that I'm good enough, that I'm here and it's just crazy."

Munoz fired a two-under 70 in the final round, but needed a dramatic late birdie to finish at 18 under alongside Im (66).

He holed a 14-footer for birdie at the last before both players made a nervous start to the play-off, wayward off the tee and with their second shots.

But, having left himself in a better position, Munoz managed a par after Im missed his attempt.

Byeong Hun An (69) was outright third at 17 under, a shot ahead of Kevin Streelman (64) and Carlos Ortiz (71).

Sebastian Munoz climbed to the top of the Sanderson Farms Championship leaderboard with a nine-under-par 63 in the third round.

Munoz was flawless as the Colombian golfer earned a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the PGA Tour tournament in Jackson, Mississippi on Saturday.

A one-time Web.com winner in 2016, Munoz had nine birdies without dropping a shot to improve to 16 under through 54 holes at the Country Club of Jackson.

Munoz birdied his first three holes and four of his opening five to set the tone on the penultimate day – the 26-year-old ending the round ahead of Mexico's Carlos Ortiz (65).

Overnight leader Byeong Hun An dropped down to third and two shots off the pace following his two-under-par 70.

An entered the round with a two-stroke advantage on the back of successive 66s but the South Korean was unable to maintain his charge.

A pair of birdies during his final three holes saw An close out the round at 14 under, one shot clear of Cameron Percy (68).

Meanwhile, Dominic Bozzelli (67), Im Sung-jae (67), Harris English (68), J.T. Poston (70) and George McNeill (70) are tied for fifth at 12 under.

As for defending champion Cameron Champ, he is nine shots off the pace following his 69.

Byeong Hun An carded another six-under 66 to open up a two-stroke lead as the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship was suspended.

The South Korean continued his fine start at the Country Club of Jackson on Friday, moving into 12 under after his second straight 66.

An started his round with four consecutive birdies before finding water to bogey the par-five fifth.

The 28-year-old recovered with back-to-back birdies at eight and nine before picking up another shot at the 17th.

An holds a two-shot lead over J.T. Poston (70), George McNeill (67), Scottie Scheffler (66) and Tom Hoge (70).

Hoge and Scheffler are coming off strong showings at the Greenbrier Classic, where they finished second and tied for seventh respectively.

Inclement weather led to a delay on the opening day and darkness meant 57 players were unable to finish their second rounds.

Cameron Percy is the best-placed of those yet to get through 36 holes, sitting at nine under through 11 and in outright sixth.

Carlos Ortiz (71) and Harris English (71) are tied for seventh at eight under, alongside Seamus Power, who is through 11.

Joaquin Niemann, the 20-year-old Chilean who won the Greenbrier Classic, is back at four under through 16 holes in his second round.

Tom Hoge set the early pace before weather wreaked havoc on day one of the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Hoge carded an eight-under-par 64 for a one-stroke lead in Jackson, Mississippi, where severe storms forced play to be suspended on Thursday.

The opening round will resume at 0700 (local time) on Friday, with Hoge ahead of Robert Streb, Cameron Percy and Seamus Power.

Hoge – still eyeing his first PGA Tour victory – finished his round and enjoyed a flawless day, holing eight birdies to top the leaderboard.

Fellow American Streb was also bogey-free as he ended the round level alongside Australia's Percy and Irishman Power, who dropped shots throughout their 18.

Zac Blair is three shots off the pace following his 67, with Emiliano Grillo, Zach Johnson, Mark Anderson, An Byeong-hun (through 11) and J.T. Poston (through eight) also five under.

Defending champion Cameron Champ opened his bid for back-to-back titles by going one under through eight holes.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will take part in The Challenge: Japan Skins ahead of the ZOZO Championship next month.

The PGA Tour has endorsed the four-player event which will see Woods, McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama take part in a high-stakes contest, with prize money on offer at each hole.

The contest tees off on October 21 at the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Chiba, where the ZOZO Championship will also be held later in the same week.

The latter tournament is the first official event on the PGA Tour to be hosted in Japan.

Woods, a 15-time major champion, said of The Challenge: "I haven't been back to Japan since 2006 and the golf fans there are some of the best in the world.

"It's a unique format and a top field with Rory, Jason and Hideki. I can't wait to play against them on a global stage.

"I haven't played a skins format in quite some time, so it will be fun to try something a little different and add a few strategic elements as we compete.

"There has already been some friendly banter between us and that will continue until we get to the first tee."

The PGA Tour previously had the Skins Game running from 1983 until 2008.

Woods finished as a runner-up on three occasions.

Padraig Harrington has named Robert Karlsson as his first vice-captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup.

Harrington will lead Europe at Whistling Straits as Europe bid to defend the cup, having regained it under the leadership of Thomas Bjorn, who also selected Karlsson as first vice-captain, in France last year.

The Irishman held a media conference at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the event marking the first at which European players can earn points towards selection for the 2020 team, on Wednesday. 

He used the opportunity to reveal Karlsson will be a part of his leadership group in Wisconsin, having had a first-hand look at Karlsson's impact at Le Golf National.

"Anybody who was involved in 2018 in the backroom staff would see this as a no-brainer," Harrington said of his selection of Karlsson.

"[He's] a great sounding board, a very logical, a very straight sounding board for me for the next year.

"Robert is an icon for the northern Europeans, I need access to those guys, there can be a disconnect, Robert can help bridge that."

Chilean Joaquin Niemann secured his place in a select club after claiming a six-stroke victory at the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday.

Niemann, 20, fired a six-under 64 in the final round in West Virginia on his way to a resounding win at the opening event of the 2019-20 PGA Tour season.

He became just the third player born outside the United States to win on the PGA Tour before age 21, joining major champions Seve Ballesteros and Rory McIlroy.

Niemann produced a brilliant performance, shooting four rounds in the 60s to finish at 21 under.

He ended up well clear of Tom Hoge (65), while Brian Harman (65), Harris English (67), Nate Lashley (69) and Richy Werenski (69) were tied for third at 14 under.

"Amazing. I've been thinking about this my whole life, since I started playing golf, so unbelievable," an emotional Niemann told the Golf Channel after his victory.

"I think I realise what happened today so I just need to calm down a little bit and just celebrate."

Niemann holed eight birdies and two bogeys during his final round, sealing his victory by picking up shots on his final three holes.

Hoge mixed eight birdies with three bogeys in his 65, but the American finished six back from Niemann.

Joaquin Niemann edged into a two-stroke lead at the Greenbrier Classic after shooting a two-under 68 in the third round on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Chilean continued his fine showing in West Virginia, moving into 15 under and into the outright lead heading into the final round.

Niemann, a former top-ranked amateur, mixed three birdies with one bogey on a day when play was suspended for just under an hour due to dangerous weather.

His bogey at the par-four 11th was his first of the week, but he leads Richy Werenski (65), Nate Lashley (65) and Robby Shelton (70).

The 65s fired by Werenski and Lashley were the equal best rounds of the day as they chase Niemann, who is aiming for his first PGA Tour victory.

Lashley endured a rollercoaster round, making a flying start with five birdies on his first eight holes before a mixed back nine that included an eagle, a birdie and three bogeys.

Adam Long (70) and Scottie Scheffler (71) are at 12 under, a shot ahead of Joseph Bramlett (65) and Harris English (68).

Patrick Rodgers (66), Tom Hoge (67) and Im Sung-jae (67) are tied for ninth at 10 under.

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