Bryson DeChambeau has endured a stop-start campaign so far in 2022 due to injury, but the 28-year-old made a risky effort to take part in this week’s Masters.
Bryson DeChambeau has ignored his doctor’s advice and is taking a “tremendous risk” to play in this week’s Masters tournament. DeChambeau’s start to 2022 has been sporadic due to ongoing injury issues.
But the American heavy hitter is back in action at Augusta National this week for the first major of the season. His return to the Masters is risky, however, with the 2020 US Open champion still recovering from a broken bone.
As a result, DeChambeau admitted he headed into this week’s event against the advice of his doctor and coach. He said: “Normally a broken bone probably takes four months to fully heal, I’m back here in two.
“Doctors advised me not to come back for a while. And even [coach] Chris [Como] told me “you probably shouldn’t play”, even though he obviously wants me to play. But it was a huge risk a few weeks ago. It probably wasn’t the one my doctors recommended, but I’m like, “Man, this only happens once a year and I have to give it a try”.
DeChambeau has revealed his injuries were to his hip and hand, with the first problem occurring two years ago, and the second more recently during a trip to Saudi Arabia in February. Speaking of his injuries, the American thinks he could have been more careful in treating them.
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He added: “One of the things I didn’t do was take care of my hands and my hip like I should have and I went pretty hard at it. Even though I wouldn’t do anything else to change what happened because it made me a better person because of it, taking six weeks off, realizing that golf isn’t everything in life.
Although he is absent from the PGA Tour, DeChambeau believes his break from golf has been important to him and allowed him to do “pretty cool things” in his spare time. He said: “I had a lot of changes behind the scenes which was great for me.
“It’s allowed me to do some pretty cool things on YouTube and hopefully build an audience that can see what’s going on in my life and see what I want to do to give back to the game of golf as much as possible. .”
The American will be alongside the rest of the field when the Masters kicks off on Thursday.