Bryson DeChambeau had surgery on his left wrist on Thursday to repair a small fracture that has been bothering him for the last two months and will likely prevent him from playing in next month’s PGA Championship.

DeChambeau said on Instagram that the surgery, which took place at The Kettering Medical Center in Ohio, was for the fractured hook of the hamate, a small carpal bone found in the wrist between the little finger and the fourth finger.

The 2020 US Open champion says he suffered the injury after slipping on a marble floor in Saudi Arabia while playing table tennis and landed on his hip and hand. He withdrew after the first round of the Saudi International and did not return for seven weeks. He played three rounds at the WGC-Match Play, missed the cut at the Texas Open, and did likewise at The Masters, after shooting a second round 80.

“I made attempts to play through this injury at three recent events, including the Masters, but this is typically an injury that requires surgical treatment,” DeChambeau said. “Through continued discomfort from the fracture, it has caused me to alter my grip and swing, resulting in my inability to compete at golf’s highest level. This has not been easy physically and mentally for me.”

DeChambeau said he would take appropriate time off to rest and recover and he looked forward “to competing within the next two months”.

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