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Bryson DeChambeau is back on the PGA Tour this week, and he revealed the cause of the hand injury that has kept him out for more than a month.
He said he hurt it playing table tennis.
DeChambeau first withdrew from the Saudi International in February due to a hand and hip injury. He didn’t elaborate on the injury until Tuesday. He said initially that he fell in Saudi Arabia, but then told fans they need to “chill” after jumping to conclusions regarding his injury.
Though he didn't say specifically what happened during the pingpong game, DeChambeau said Tuesday that he sustained a fractured hamate bone in his left hand and a torn labrum in his left hip.
“People are going to say it’s off of speed training and all that and, sure, some of the things have been a part of that, just abuse and working really, really hard,” he told the Golf Channel. “But at the same time, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. I’ve learned so much about my body as time has gone on and learned how to manage things and how important rest is.”
DeChambeau is returning to the Tour this week for the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, which marks his first event since the Farmers Insurance Open. Since then, he has dropped to No. 13 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
The eight-time Tour winner said he started hitting his irons a week ago, and he played his first nine holes Tuesday.
He said he plans to play in the Valero Texas Open next week, which is the final event before the Masters. That week, he said, is when he hopes to be back to form.
“Am I going fully at it? No,” DeChambeau said, via the Golf Channel. “Not even close. I won’t be able to go at it until Augusta time.”
Though he admitted he may eventually need surgery on his wrist, DeChambeau is going to enjoy the week in Austin while gearing up for the first major of the year.
“No expectations,” he said, via the Golf Channel. “A great week is being here.”