DeChambeau out of Players Championship

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau (The Masters Outright – 16/1) will not take part in The Players Championship this week with the world number 12 still struggling with hip and wrist problems.

The former US Open champion has been hampered by fitness issues for some months now and his disappointing start to 2022 continues.

He had to pull out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational last week and now he will not be available to play at TPC Sawgrass in Florida when the action gets underway there on Thursday.

His last appearance came at the Saudi International in February where he had to withdraw following the first round after feeling discomfort.

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DeChambeau also missed the cut at the Farmers’ Insurance Open while playing in pain. The 28-year-old is known for his very physically demanding swing which has enabled him to become the longest driver on the PGA Tour.

He will be replaced in the Players Championship by Hayden Buckely and now he faces a race against time to be fit for The Masters at Augusta, the first major of the year, which begins on April 7.

“Right now, I’m like 90 per cent,” said DeChambeau. “I don’t want to go out there and hurt myself even more, and not be 100 per cent ready for the rest of the season. I don’t want to come back early and then have to take more time off.

“Right now, I just can’t risk going out there and having it reaggravate. This has been one of the hardest moments of my life.”

Justin Thomas is seeking to defend his title at Sawgrass after winning last year, one stroke clear of Lee Westwood (Outright – Thomas 14/1, Jon Rahm 14/1, Collin Morikawa 14/1).

Rory McIlroy, who won this event in 2019, is 16/1 for a repeat this year as he aims for a first triumph of 2022.

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