Golf: Injured DeChambeau won't play at the Genesis Invitational

Bryson DeChambeau is currently in the process of rehabbing a hip and hand injury. PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - PGA Tour star Bryson DeChambeau will miss this week's Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles as he continues to work his way back from hip and hand injuries.

DeChambeau has made only two starts in official Tour events this season. He withdrew from the Sony Open in Hawaii with a sore left wrist and was apparently bothered by the same hand as he missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open and then withdrew from the Saudi International on the Asian Tour earlier this month after one round.

"I am very disappointed to miss the (Genesis Invitational) this week at one of my favourite golf courses on Tour," the 2020 US Open champion DeChambeau wrote on Monday (Feb 14) on Twitter.

"I am currently in the process of rehabbing a hip and hand injury, which I am making positive progress on day by day.

"There are many false reports going around by the media that are completely inaccurate. Any news regarding my health or playing schedule will come directly from me and my team only. This is just another inaccurate report. I look forward to getting healthy and seeing everyone soon!"

The one-time Major champion likely was referring to speculation that he'd signed with a controversial start-up golf league, the so-called Super Golf League, and was no longer able to compete on the PGA Tour as a consequence.

One unconfirmed report this month said the 28-year-old DeChambeau had been offered US$135 million (S$181.7 million) to join the Saudi-backed league, which has yet to actually launch but would be spearheaded by golf legend Greg Norman to rival the PGA Tour.

After withdrawing from the Saudi International, DeChambeau said he injured himself by slipping and falling, not because of excessive workouts as he chased inflated club speeds and long drive records.

"Everyone needs to chill," he wrote then.

DeChambeau has slipped to No. 12 in the world after starting the new year ranked eighth. His last victory came in March 2021 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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