Will an injured Bryson DeChambeau still compete at Saudi International?

Bryson DeChambeau was seen grimacing on several occasions on Thursday at Torrey Pines and was overheard commenting on his recent wrist injury.

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Fri, 28 Jan 2022

Will an injured Bryson DeChambeau still compete at Saudi International?

Are Bryson DeChambeau's intense workout routines and relentless speed training sessions during his PGA Tour break catching up with him?

DeChambeau shot a disappointing 72 on day two of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, finishing on 2-under-par to miss the cut by one shot.

The former US Open champion struggled throughout the round. He was overheard saying "I can't play golf today" on the 12th hole.

He also hit his tee shot on the par-4 15th on the South Course into a native area. This led to one of five bogeys on the day for the 28-year-old.

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But based on his body language and his demeanour during the round, DeChambeau was clearly struggling with his wrist and potentially his back.

The pain seemed to set in on the back nine, where his round unravelled. This also happened when he was in contention at the US Open at the same venue in 2021.

When asked about the pain he was feeling after his round, DeChambeau refused to comment and didn't speak to the media. This has cast doubt over his schedule in the next few weeks.

He pulled out of the Sony Open in Hawaii, which was the first evidence of his wrist injury. Now there is speculation as to whether he has developed pain in his back.

The eight-time PGA Tour winner is due to fly out to Saudi Arabia next week to compete at the Saudi International, a tournament sanctioned by the Asian Tour with a $5 million purse.

Although he and a number of other PGA Tour golfers have committed to the event at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, DeChambeau must consider his physical state.

Aggravating an injury is one of the worst things that can happen to a professional athlete. A prolonged time on the sidelines leads to frustration and inactivity.

DeChambeau has already appeared in a promotional video for the Saudi International, an event which is sponsored by the Private Investment Fund of the Saudi Arabian government.

It would be a wound to the event if DeChambeau didn't play and it would be a missed opportunity to pick up a hefty prize for potentially winning the tournament.

But with big events approaching such as the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the Players Championship and The Masters, will DeChambeau jeopardize his chances of success in the future if he continues to play through injury?

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