Bryson DeChambeau was forced to withdraw from the Genesis Invitational this week at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades near Los Angeles because of hip and hand injuries.
The 28-year-old DeChambeau, from Clovis in California’s San Joaquin Valley, has only made two starts in official events this season. He tied for 25th in the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, but withdrew before the start of the Sony Open in Hawaii a week later because of a sore left wrist.
DeChambeau apparently was bothered by the same injury 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 favorite golf courses on tour,” DeChambeau wrote Monday in a post 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!”
DeChambeau, who has won eight times on the PGA Tour including the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot in New York, was referring to speculation that he has signed with a controversial startup golf league, the so-called Super Golf League, and is no longer able to compete on the PGA Tour as a consequence.
One unconfirmed report said DeChambeau was offered $135 million to join the Saudi-backed league, which has yet to actually launch but would be spearheaded by Commissioner Greg Norman of Australia, the former golf superstar, to rival the PGA Tour.
“Everyone needs to chill,” DeChambeau said after he withdrew from the Saudi Invitational.
DeChambeau, who has slipped out of the top 10 in the World Golf Rankings to No. 12, remains committed to defending his title in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and competing in the Players Championship in the coming weeks on the PGA Tour in Florida.