Bryson DeChambeau will likely miss next month’s PGA Championship after he underwent wrist surgery on Thursday.
The 2020 US Open winner announced on his social media that he hopes to be back playing on the PGA Tour “within the next two months,” which would rule him out of golf’s next major which gets underway on May 19 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Today, I underwent successful left wrist surgery on my fractured hook of the hamate,” DeChambeau wrote. “The surgery was performed by world renowned Hand Surgeon Dr. Thomas Graham. I want to thank Dr. Graham and the incredible staff and The Kettering Medical Center in Ohio.”
DeChambeau has had an injury-plagued start to 2022, having finished 2021 ranked No. 5 in the world.
The 28-year-old admitted ahead of the Masters earlier this month that he has been dealing with a hand and hip injuries which have affected his play.
He explained that he’s been dealing with a torn left hip labrum for around two years and injured his hand – also reaggravating his hip – when he slipped over on a marble floor while playing table tennis at the Saudi International in February.
“That’s really when it just got to the point where I couldn’t even grip the golf club,” he said in a press conference ahead of the Masters. “I tried to play that week, and it was impossible. I was not even gripping with my left hand that week. I was like, ‘This is dumb, I have to go take care of my body first and get it right.’
“That’s what happened. And went and got a CT scan, MRI, and we found out that – and X-rays in my left hip, was kind of – I had a torn labrum, a partial tear. And then in the hand, I had a hairline fracture in the hamate bone, which a lot of baseball players get from excessive hitting.”
DeChambeau took a six-week break to attempt to let the injuries heal but was clearly hampered at Augusta National, missing the cut by eight shots after an opening round four-over 76 followed by a eight-over 80 in the second round.
He has seen his world ranking slip to 19th and said he hopes to be back competing at the “golf’s highest level” after taking the “appropriate time needed to rest and recover.”
“Over the past few months My Team, Dr. Graham, and myself have been monitoring the fracture to the hamate bone in my left wrist,” he said.
“I made attempts to play through this injury at three recent events, including the Masters, but this is typically an injury that requires surgical treatment.
“Through continued discomfort from the fracture, it has caused me to alter my grip and swing, resulting in my inability to compete at golf’s highest level. This has not been easy physically and mentally for me.
“For now, I will be taking the appropriate time needed to rest and recover from this procedure and look forward to competing at the highest level within the next two months. Thank you to my family, team, partners, and supporters during this tough stretch but I am excited to work hard to get back competing soon.”