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(Reuters) – Four-time Major champion Brooks Koepka said on Sunday that he feels he can win the Masters despite undergoing surgery on his right knee less than three weeks ago. Koepka dislocated his kneecap and suffered ligament damage early last month and underwent surgery on March 16. “If I had known that I was going to finish second, I would not have appeared,” Koepka told reporters at Augusta National, where he got some practice before the specialty. “I feel like I can win. I’ll play … I’ll be fine.” The 30-year-old former world number one, who has had left knee and hip problems in the past, said he was back hitting balls just seven days after surgery. He was last in action at the World Golf Championship event in Florida on February 28, where he finished tied for second. He then missed the Players Championship and the Honda Classic before undergoing surgery in California. “The goal was to play Augusta, so we were going to see if we could play … A couple of bad days or something like that could set you back quite a bit,” Koepka said. “It‘s been more than seven hours every day in rehab. Between having my neck and knee straightened … I’m going to live on the (rehab) table, making sure I’m comfortable and feeling good.” The Masters begins Thursday .