Golf Tournament: Bryson DeChambeau feels he can overcome injury and contend for a major at the PGA Championship, but he vows he will not compete if he does not feel he is capable.
After an injury-plagued start to the year, DeChambeau was anticipated to miss the second men’s major of the year after undergoing wrist surgery last month, with the former US Open champion noting at the time that he hoped to be back competing “within the next two months.”
The 28-year-old was listed in the field for Southern Hills over the weekend, fueling rumours of a faster-than-expected comeback when he shared a full-driver-swing video to his Twitter account, showing 192 mph ball speed and a 342-yard run.
4 weeks and 2 days since surgery. pic.twitter.com/shymowoCBU
— Bryson DeChambeau (@b_dechambeau) May 15, 2022
On Monday, DeChambeau tweeted that he was on his way to Tulsa to see if he was ready to compete this week, with the eight-time PGA Tour winner expecting to make a last-minute decision.
“Everybody is going to say I’m coming back too quick,” DeChambeau told Sky Sports News. “For me, this is more of like a prep to see if I can do it. If not, I’m going to take as much time as I need to get healthy, because that’s the most important thing.
“For me, it’s great to see everyone back out here again. It’s tough being at home, just stuck in the dungeon and not being able to do anything. I’m just blessed to be out there, I have a different perspective on golf and life right now.
“Learned a lot over this past year of having a hand that’s just not been right for me, so I’m glad it’s in the healing process. I can’t really do much more damage do it because the bone is now out, but I’m just excited to be back out and see some smiling faces.”
DeChambeau has only made six starts this season, making the cut in three of them and withdrawing from the Saudi International in the middle of the event, knocking him out of the top 20 for the first time since the summer of 2018.
For the first two rounds in Oklahoma, DeChambeau has been grouped with Max Homa and Tyrrell Hatton of England, with DeChambeau certain that he can still win the Wanamaker Trophy this week.
“If the hand doesn’t get any worse, or the palm doesn’t get any worse, and I don’t feel like it’s degrading over the course of time, and I’ve got the swing I’ve got now, then absolutely [can win],” DeChambeau added.