Bryson DeChambeau withdraws from the PGA Championship

Bryson DeChambeau WITHDRAWS from the PGA Championship after a practice round the day before the major at Southern Hills starts as the 2020 US Open champion continues to be hampered by a wrist injury

  • Bryson DeChambeau has withdrawn from this week’s US PGA Championship 
  • The American made the decision after playing a practice round on Wednesday
  • The 28-year-old underwent surgery on his left wrist in April after the Masters
  • The 2020 US Open winner has only played in five events this calendar year 

Bryson Dechambeau has been forced to withdraw from the US PGA Championship this week as he continues to be hampered with a wrist injury. 

The American underwent surgery on his left wrist in April and his return to the course in time for this week’s major was always viewed as well ahead of schedule. 

However, the 28-year-old’s return to action has been delayed after he practiced at Southern Hills for the last three days but decided on Wednesday afternoon he was not ready.

Bryson Dechambeau has been forced to withdraw from the US PGA Championship this week

The American played a practice round but continues to be hampered with a wrist injury

‘I didn’t think it was going to be the right decision for me to play this week,’ DeChambeau told Golf Channel. ‘For me it was going to be a stretch.

‘This week I’m unfortunately not going to play but I want to give someone else a chance who was fully prepared and ready to go out there and be healthy.

‘I could play a couple of rounds, but considering I was doing half days and feeling fatigued and tired, four days is a big stretch for me right now. Endurance-wise my wrist is just not able to hold up, it’s still swollen. I’ve got to give it more time.’

He was due to tee off along side Max Homa and Englishman Tyrrell Hatton at 1.40pm (BST) in the first round on Thursday. His place in the field has been taken by fellow American Denny McCarthy. 

The 28-year-old’s place in the field has been taken by fellow American Denny McCarthy 

He hit multiple shots off different tees at Southern Hills throughout his round on Wednesday, to test his wrist by working the ball in different directions, according to ESPN.

In typical style, DeChambeau bombed a number of drives down the back nine and had showed no signs of any pain.

Asked during the round how felt about his left wrist, he simply answered: ‘It’s still attached.’ 

DeChambeau has been out since early April and has only played in five events this calendar year – missing the cut in three, withdrawing from one and failing to make it out of the group stage of the WGC-Dell Technology match play. 

DeChambeau hit multiple shots off different tees during Wednesday’s practice round

He fractured the hamate bone in his wrist when he slipped on marble floors while playing ping pong in Saudi Arabia. He also injured his hip in the fall.

After missing the cut at the Masters last month, having carded a 12-over total in the first two rounds, he chose to undergo surgery, which has a typical recovery period of four to six weeks. 

DeChambeau said ahead of the Masters that he had ignored the advice of his doctors and taken a “huge risk” to compete at Augusta National after being sidelined for six weeks with wrist and hip problems. 

 He underwent surgery on his left wrist in April and his return this week was ahead of schedule

He chose to undergo surgery after missing the cut at the Masters, carding a 12-over total

Prior to withdrawing from the PGA Championship, DeChambeau told the Golf Channel: ‘I’m proud of the fact that I’m here.

‘I’m proud I’ve been able to persevere through it. I’ve had a lot of stuff going on recently and the game has not been a fun thing for me, so I’m excited to get back and give it another shot. Everybody deserves a second chance.’ 

He won the US Open in 2020 at Winged Foot but has tumbled down the World Rankings to No 22, having peaked at fourth. 

His best finish in a major outside of his US Open win came at the PGA Championship in 2020, when he finished fourth at Harding Park.




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