2022 PGA Championship: Bryson DeChambeau retires from field, Brooks Koepka likely to play at Southern Hills

TULSA, Oklahoma — Bryson DeChambeau will not compete in the PGA Championship this week after testing his surgically repaired left hand and deciding to continue his rehabilitation after undergoing surgery five weeks ago. However, co-star (and rival) Brooks Koepka, who also started the week injured with a hip injury, is expected to make a run for it in Southern Hills.

Before the start of the tournament on Thursday, DeChambeau announced his decision to remove himself from the field, citing fatigue in his left hand. He arrived in Tulsa on Monday and tweeted on Tuesday that he was “holding up well,” although he declined to play. DeChambeau had surgery in April after the nagging injury persisted.

“I’m proud to be here and able to push through,” DeChambeau said this week. “There have been a lot of things going on lately. Being out of the game was not fun for me. Excited to come back… I think everyone deserves a second chance.”

Koepka, who withdrew from the Byron Nelson last week, is struggling with a hip injury on top of lingering knee complaints. Still, he seemed to indicate on Tuesday that his last week’s WD had more to do with preparing for this week’s PGA Championship than recovering from injury. While he hasn’t fully committed to playing this week, all signs point to him staying in the field this week.

“The whole reason was to just make sure I’m ready for this week,” said Koepka of his Byron Nelson WD. “I feel ready and now I just have to play well. Simple.”

Koepka may also need to overcome his own setbacks with vehicles to remedy his injury. On Tuesday, he shared on social media that he was late for his press conference because his car – which had already started – was locked, preventing him from driving to the media. And that’s not his only recent car trouble.

“Just me, man,” Koepka said. “It’s like a car breakdown theme. No more petrol” [at home] and then this. I’m just glad it didn’t happen on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.”

What percentage of health Koepka is in remains unclear, but the two-time PGA champion and four-time major winner has remained near the top of the sport in recent years despite a string of injury battles. He hasn’t played on the Tour since the Masters, where he went 75-75 and missed the cut, but his game could fit neatly into the challenging circuit ahead at Southern Hills this week.

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