Bryson DeChambeau is set to undergo surgery for a fractured bone in his left hand after being plagued by injuries so far in 2022.
The 2020 US Open winner has made just six starts this year with a withdrawal, three missed cuts, a T25 in the 38-man Tournament of Champions and a T58 at the WGC-Match Play. He also withdrew prior to the Sony Open.
He revealed at The Masters that he was around 80% fit but admitted that he was teeing it up at Augusta National against doctors' orders. The 28-year-old has also been suffering with a hip injury this year and hurt both his hip and hand after slipping over while playing ping pong at the Saudi International.
“Bryson will undergo surgery on his hamate bone in his left hand," Brett Falkoff, DeChambeau's agent said per Sports Illustrated. "We look forward to a smooth recovery and rehab process. Bryson looks forward to returning as soon as he is cleared to do so.”
The Golfing Scientist, the PGA Tour's longest hitter last season with an average of 323.7 yards off the tee, was set to compete in a Professional Long Drivers Association event in Florida this week prior to his surgery being confirmed.
Bobby Peterson, one of the owners of the PLDA, told SI.com/Morning read that DeChambeau had withdrawn due to his surgery. “He’s going to have surgery on Thursday,’’ Peterson said. “It’s unfortunate more for him. I hate that he’s not going to the event. But I hate it more for him. Obviously it’s not good or he wouldn’t be doing that. I know he was trying to avoid it, but I guess he felt it was something he had to do.’’
DeChambeau looks almost certain to miss next month's PGA Championship, the second Major of the year, and he now looks doubtful for the third and fourth men's Majors at the US Open and 150th Open in June and July respectively.
He currently ranks 19th in the world, with his last victory coming at the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
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Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL
Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
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