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Bryson DeChambeau withdraws from PGA Championship

May 18, 2022, 8:00 PM | Updated: 8:08 pm
Bryson DeChambeau of the United States plays a shot during a practice round prior to the start of t...
Bryson DeChambeau of the United States plays a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Country Club on May 18, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau withdrew from the PGA Championship on Wednesday after practicing for two days at Southern Hills to test his surgically repaired left wrist.

The former U.S. Open champion practiced with a wrap that extended several inches up his left forearm.

He tweeted Tuesday it had “held up nicely” after his initial practice round.

DeChambeau’s absence will be another big name missing from this year’s PGA Championship, as defending champion Phil Mickelson also withdrew on Friday.

Mickelson’s withdrawal extends his hiatus from golf following incendiary comments he made about a Saudi-funded rival league he supports in addition to accusing the PGA Tour of greed.

The 28-year-old DeChambeau had surgery to repair the hamate bone in his wrist on April 14, a procedure that was expected to sideline him for up to two months.

He removed his cast and bandages more than a week ago, and teased an early return when he posted an online video of himself hitting a driver.

DeChambeau missed the cut in three of his past four starts and has just one top-25 finish in five starts this season.

His withdrawal leaves 95 of the top 100 players in the field for Thursday’s first round.

Denny McCarthy replaces DeChambeau.

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