2022 PGA Championship: Bryson DeChambeau WDs of Southern Hills | Golf News and Tour Information

TULSA — Bryson DeChambeau’s return to golf will have to wait.

DeChambeau, who trained this week at Southern Hills hoping to return from recent PGA Championship hand surgery, decided he wasn’t ready for competition, abandoning the field on Wednesday.

The 2020 US Open champion underwent surgery on his hamate bone in his left hand after the Masters last month. He was widely expected to miss the PGA Championship, with the US Open at Brookline circled as a possible return date. However, DeChambeau tried to go to Southern Hills and test his hand to see if it could hold up to the game. But after a few days in Tulsa, DeChambeau realized that his performance was not up to par. expectations.

“I’m close, but it’s not there yet,” DeChambeau told Golf Magazine. “I have to make the decision to protect my long-term health.”

Prior to the surgery, DeChambeau revealed to Augusta National that he suffered a torn labrum in his left hip and a hairline fracture in his left hand. According to DeChambeau, the hip injury originally happened when he began his remote odyssey two years ago. Last fall, he felt something “pop” in his hand after slipping on concrete. Both injuries worsened to the Saudi international during a ping pong match against Sergio Garcia and Joaquin Niemann.

“We were on marble floors, and they just wiped it off,” DeChambeau told Augusta National. “And I didn’t pay attention to it, I went ‘Charlie Brown’ to myself and went horizontal, then I hit my left hip and my hand at the same time, and it really knocked me out . That’s really when I got to the point where I couldn’t even grip the golf club. I tried to play that week, and it was impossible. I wasn’t even not grabbing with my left hand that week. I was like, ‘this is silly, I have to take care of my body first and get it right.’ ”

DeChambeau went on to explain that doctors advised him to be out for four months; instead, DeChambeau came back on short notice hoping to make a run at the Masters. DeChambeau’s results, however, after returning from injury, were not promising. He was eliminated in the round robin phase of the WGC-Dell Match Play, missed the cut at the Valero Texas Open by six shots and had a 76 and an 80 to miss the weekend at the Masters. Things weren’t much better earlier in the year, finishing a distant T-25 in the limited-field Sentry Tournament of Champions and missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open.

DeChambeau will be replaced in the PGA field by Denny McCarthy.

Michael C. Ford