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Bryson DeChambeau bets on hand surgery, PGA championship in doubt

Bryson DeChambeau has been plagued by injuries this year but played at the Masters last week despite his doctor’s orders. Now it seems he is in danger of missing the second major of the year – next month’s PGA Championship – entirely.

The 28-year-old was scheduled to compete in a Professional Long Drivers Association event in Florida this week but withdrew from competition and will instead have surgery on his left hand on Thursday, his agent confirmed to The Post on Wednesday.

“We look forward to a smooth recovery and rehab process,” DeChambeau’s agent Brett Falkoff said in a text. “Bryson looks forward to returning once cleared.”

Sports Illustrated was the first to report the news.

Last month, DeChambeau announced that he suffered a fractured hamate bone in his left hand and a torn labrum in his left hip. He also said he injured his hand playing table tennis at the Saudi International in early February.

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Bryson DeChambeau has been plagued by injuries this year.
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When DeChambeau returned to playing after almost two months, he couldn’t make it out of the pool game at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. He then missed the cut for the next two weeks at both the Valero Texas Open and the Masters, where he shot 76-80.

“I’m probably at about 80 percent right now,” he said at the Augusta National before serving in the tournament. “I can’t go all out. I can’t do speed training. I can’t practice excessive hours like I have to figure things out.

DeChambeau, who won the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot, has made just six starts worldwide so far in 2022. His best result was a tie for 25th place at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January, although that tournament has no cut and only featured 38 players in the field. He then missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, retired from the Saudi International and did not play again for seven weeks.

When DeChambeau will open next is unknown. The PGA Championship will be held May 19-22 at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/13/bryson-dechambeau-undergoing-hand-surgery-puts-pga-championship-in-doubt/ Bryson DeChambeau bets on hand surgery, PGA championship in doubt

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