Bryson DeChambeau undergoes successful wrist surgery after missing a cut at the 2022 Masters

As Bryson DeChambeau struggled to a 76-80 performance at last week’s Masters, where he beat just nine players and lost to 63-year-old Larry Mize by stroke, the chatter around him was that his injured left hand would need surgery. As expected, DeChambeau did have wrist surgery, he announced on Thursday. on Twitter.

“I’ve attempted to play with this injury at three recent events, including the Masters, but it’s usually an injury that requires surgical treatment,” DeChambeau wrote. “Due to the continued discomfort of the fracture, it caused me to alter my grip and swing which prevented me from competing at the highest level of golf. It hasn’t been easy physically and mentally. for me.”

DeChambeau was scheduled to compete at this week’s Professional Long Drivers Association event in Jupiter, Florida, and while it didn’t really seem to be happening after his Masters performance, surgery still seemed to be on hold until confirmation is made on Wednesday.

DeChambeau did not play in a PGA Tour event between the Farmers Insurance Open in late January and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in late March as he tried to rest his injured hamate bone in his left hand. He didn’t play well in match play and then missed the cut at the Texas Open before missing it badly last week at Augusta National. He noted his doctors told him he shouldn’t be back for a while, but the Masters is the Masters and DeChambeau, admirably, wanted to give him a tear.

“I’m like, man, this only happens once a year, and I have to try,” DeChambeau said last week.

It could be a lost year for the 2020 US Open champion just 12 months after being the toast of town on the PGA Tour. DeChambeau has won once a year since 2016, but that seems compromised given this situation and his impending proceedings.

As for how it happened, DeChambeau said he first noticed it during his match with Brooks Koepka over Thanksgiving weekend 2021 and then also later when he played against the Farmers. Things got worse from there when he went to play against the Saudi International the following week.

“And then I went to Arabia, and I was playing ping pong against Sergio and Joaquin Niemann,” DeChambeau said. “And we were on marble floors, and they just wiped it off. And I didn’t care, I got Charlie Brown and I went horizontal, then I hit my left hip and my hand at the same time, and it really took me out.

“That’s really when I got to the point where I couldn’t even grab the golf club anymore. I tried to play that week, and it was impossible. I couldn’t hold on. not even with my left hand that week I was like this is stupid I have to take care of my body first and do it right.

“That’s what happened. And I went for a CT scan, an MRI, and we found out that – and the x-rays of my left hip, it was sort of – I had a torn labrum , a partial tear. And then in my hand, I had a hairline fracture in the hook bone, which a lot of baseball players get from excessive hitting. It’s kind of like that all happened.

DeChambeau said his hip injury (torn labrum) was the result of speed training and also said his finger strength was not where it should be to withstand the amount of bullets he he hits. However, he declined to say he would change any of the ways he has trained over the past few years, only saying he would be a bit more careful in the future.

“It’s a bit of a redirection of how I do it,” DeChambeau said. “I’m not 21, 22 anymore, okay, so I have to be careful how I do things now. I’m not saying I’m close to some of the veterans here etc, but one more Sometimes putting a lot of stress on the body is not a good thing, and I have to learn how to rest better, so that’s part of the new strategy.

There is no timeline for DeChambeau’s return. The PGA Championship at Southern Hills, the next major championship event on the schedule, begins in five weeks.

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