TULSA, Okla. –Bryson DeChambeau won’t compete in the PGA Championship at Southern Hills on Thursday after all, retiring from the major after playing a practice round on Wednesday.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to WD from the @PGAChampionship,” DeChambeau posted on Twitter late Wednesday afternoon. “I want to make a full comeback when I’m 100% ready to compete at the highest level of golf. Thank you all for your continued support! »
It looked like DeChambeau would make his return to competitive golf after missing more than a month while recovering from surgery to repair a bone in his left wrist.
He spent the day hitting multiple shots off different tees at Southern Hills Country Club, working the ball in different directions as he tested his wrist, which was in a wrap that extended several inches to his fore-end. left arm. He bombed several discs while playing the back nine, showing no signs of pain.
Asked during his training how his left wrist felt, DeChambeau was coy: “He’s still strapped.”
His return wasn’t meant to be, however.
DeChambeau, 28, had been out of action since early April, missing the cut at last month’s Masters, the first major of the season, after scoring a total of 12 in the first two rounds. He opted to undergo surgery on his left wrist to repair a fractured hook of the hamate bone.
Typical recovery is four to six weeks.
“I’m proud of the fact that I’m here,” DeChambeau, who also played a practice round on Tuesday, said in an interview with Golf Channel before retiring from the event. “I’m proud that I was able to persevere. I’ve had a lot going on recently and the game hasn’t been a fun thing for me, so I’m excited to come back and give it another shot. All the everyone deserves a second chance.
He signed autographs and took selfies with the fans for 10 minutes during the long wait between some holes. DeChambeau appeared to be in good spirits on Wednesday, joking and chatting with his playing partner, Anirban Lahiri.
On the 14th hole, a par-3 that plays 230 yards, he hit a low draw with a 6-iron into the front bunker, then immediately dropped a second ball in mild frustration. On his second attempt, he hit a high draw to the middle of the green. There seemed to be no hesitation at impact, even when hitting on firm turf.
DeChambeau, who won the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot, has fallen to No. 22 in the Official World Golf Rankings (from No. 5 at his peak) and is 219th in FedEx Cup points. He has missed the cut in three of his last four starts and has only one top 25 finish in five starts this season.
In 2020, he finished fourth in the PGA Championship at Harding Park, his best major finish outside of winning the US Open at Winged Foot.
Denny McCarthy was added to the field for Thursday’s first round in place of DeChambeau’s absence.