The defending champion will not defend his title at this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
Bryson DeChambeau announced Monday that he will retire from the field due to a left hand injury. 28 years old, who overcame Lee Westwood to win the title of Arnold Palmer by a shot last year, to be replaced on the field by first substitute Scott Piercy.
DeChambeau has competed in just two official PGA Tour events this season, finishing 25th at the Sentry Tournament of Champions and missing out at the Farmers Open in early January.
He withdrew from the second round of the Saudi Arabia International earlier this month, citing injuries to his left hand and left hip, after shooting 3 of 73 in the first round.
When it was speculated that the injury was related to his being severely bullied over the past two years, DeChambeau said he was injured in a fall earlier that week.
In a video posted on his Twitter account on Monday, DeChambeau said he is close to recovery but does not want to push his injury injury too soon, saying his hope is to return to action next week. at the Players Championship.
“I’ve hit a lot of balls in the simulator, I’m working hard on my game and trying to recover,” DeChambeau said. “God, that’s a tough decision right now. I have a lot of work to do to get things back to normal this week and I just feel that there is too little time left for me to be able to play at 100% again.
“Right now, I’m at 90%. I just don’t want to go out there and hurt myself more and not be 100% ready for the rest of the season. I don’t want to leave early and then have to take more breaks.
“Right now, I can’t risk going out there and making it worse,” he continued. “It was one of the hardest moments of my life because there was not much I could do. Although I can hit some golf balls, it’s not quite comfortable. It’s frustrating. ”
https://nypost.com/2022/02/28/bryson-dechambeau-withdraws-from-arnold-palmer-invitational/ Bryson DeChambeau withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational