Bryson DeChambeau’s fitness struggles: When will he return from injury and play on the PGA Tour? | Golf News

DeChambeau’s last two worldwide starts have seen him miss the cut in one and withdraw mid-tournament from the other due to injury; former US Open champion faces a race to be fit for The Players next week, live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Players channel

Last Updated: 02/03/22 1:14 pm

After Bryson DeChambeau announced he would not be fit to defend his Arnold Palmer Invitational title, the Golf Today team look at the injury struggles he has faced in recent months.

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After Bryson DeChambeau announced he would not be fit to defend his Arnold Palmer Invitational title, the Golf Today team look at the injury struggles he has faced in recent months.

After Bryson DeChambeau announced he would not be fit to defend his Arnold Palmer Invitational title, the Golf Today team look at the injury struggles he has faced in recent months.

Bryson DeChambeau’s start to 2022 has been plagued by injury, but how concerned should the golfing world be about the former US Open champion’s fitness struggles?

DeChambeau withdrew from this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, live on Sky Sportswith the American still struggling with a left wrist injury that has hampered his early-season schedule.

The 28-year-old has teed it up just twice on the PGA Tour so far in 2022, posting a tied-25th finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open while clearly experiencing discomfort during his early exit .

DeChambeau withdrew from the Sony Open between those two events and then had to pull out mid-tournament from the Saudi International on the Asian Tour in early February, where he said “speed training and whatnot” had taken “a toll on the muscular structure” .

Bryson DeChambeau has been limited to three worldwide appearances so far in 2022

Bryson DeChambeau has been limited to three worldwide appearances so far in 2022

He posted on Instagram shortly afterwards to say that “everyone needs to chill” about his injury status, insisting the issues were “not from hitting it far”, although he subsequently elected against competing at the Genesis Invitational.

DeChambeau was expected to return to defend his title at Bay Hill, the most recent of his eight PGA Tour titles, a victory memorable for the way he sent social media into a frenzy with his tee shots at the par-five sixth.

Bryson DeChambeau took the aggressive route across the water at Bay Hill's iconic par-five sixth, leaving himself less than 90 yards from the flag.

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Bryson DeChambeau took the aggressive route across the water at Bay Hill’s iconic par-five sixth, leaving himself less than 90 yards from the flag.

Bryson DeChambeau took the aggressive route across the water at Bay Hill’s iconic par-five sixth, leaving himself less than 90 yards from the flag.

Hitting a 370-yard carry, over water, on successive days over the weekend helped DeChambeau finish a shot clear of Lee Westwood, although a dip in form since has seen him post just four worldwide top-10s over the past 12 months.

The past year has seen DeChambeau push his body further with speed training, “wrecking his hands” preparing for his debut in the World Long Drive Championship – where he generated a 219mph ball speed on his way to a seventh-placed finish, while recently he has dropped outside the world’s top 10 after his limited starts on the PGA Tour.

Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau have snubbed the Saudi Super Golf League and committed their futures to the PGA Tour.

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Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau have snubbed the Saudi Super Golf League and committed their futures to the PGA Tour.

Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau have snubbed the Saudi Super Golf League and committed their futures to the PGA Tour.

DeChambeau released a video on social media to explain his reason for withdrawing from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he said: “I have a lot of work to do to get everything back into order and I just feel like it’s too short a time for me to get back to 100 per cent and playing at 100 per cent capacity.

“Right now, I’m like 90 per cent. I do not want to go out there and hurt myself even more, and not be 100 per cent ready for the rest of the season. I do not want to come back early and then have to take more time off. It’s a hard decision I have to make right now, but I’m going to have to unfortunately not play. “

When will DeChambeau be able to return?

“I’m going to try and get back and play for The Players,” DeChambeau said, without committing that he will be able to tee it up at the PGA Tour’s flagship event next week.

“Right now, I just can not risk going out there and having it reaggravate. This has been one of the hardest moments of my life. I’m not able to do much, yes although I can hit some golf balls, it’s not comfortable or fully comfortable. “

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Should DeChambeau be unable to feature at TPC Sawgrass, live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Players channelthen attention will turn to The Masters and the opportunity an end a disappointing run of results at Augusta National.

The opening men’s major of the year is a little over a month away and takes place at a venue where DeChambeau has yet to match his own expectations, failing to post a top-20 finish in any of his five previous appearances.

An insight and assessment of the Bryson DeChambeau swing and how elements of it compare to Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

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An insight and assessment of the Bryson DeChambeau swing and how elements of it compare to Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

An insight and assessment of the Bryson DeChambeau swing and how elements of it compare to Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.

DeChambeau famously made a rod for his own back ahead of the 2020 contest, when he declared that his added length meant he was treating the Georgia layout as a par-67, only to then stutter to a tied-34 finish.

His fortunes did not improve in last year’s contest, where he admitted “you can never figure this place out” as he labored to a share of 46th, an outcome which suggests DeChambeau will need to negotiate more than just fitness concerns to contend for the green jacket.

When will DeChambeau return to action? Watch the 2022 PGA Tour season live on Sky Sports Golf.

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