Another PGA Tour week has passed without Bryson DeChambeau.
DeChambeau said last week that he will not defend his Arnold Palmer Invitational crown, which was won by Scottie Scheffler on Sunday, citing a lingering wrist ailment. DeChambeau confirmed in a text message to Golfweek that he will not return to the PGA Tour this week as well.
When asked if he withdrew from The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, the PGA Tour’s main tournament, DeChambeau stated to Golfweek, “I did.” “We’re almost there.”
DeChambeau joins Phil Mickelson and Harris English as the only players ranked in the top 50 in the world who will not be playing at TPC Sawgrass.
“We’re gearing up for something big,” the eight-time Tour champion continued. “There are a lot of plans in the works.”
Those plans are still unknown. DeChambeau has long been linked to a rival league financed by Saudi Arabia, but he has denied receiving a $135 million offer to join the Super Golf League and urged golf fans to “cool” about his WD from the Saudi International due to an accident that resulted in a hip and hand injury.
“As long as the top players in the world are playing the PGA Tour, so will I,” DeChambeau said two weeks ago. For the time being, I’m concentrating on getting well so that I can compete again soon.”
The 2020 U.S. Open champion hasn’t played in a PGA Tour tournament since late January’s Farmers Insurance Open, and it was recently revealed that he won $3.5 million from the Tour’s Player Impact Program.
Ryan Lavner of Golf Channel was the first to disclose DeChambeau’s absence from the Players.