Bryson DeChambeau has handed Team USA a huge blow ahead of the Ryder Cup. The big-hitting golfer appears to have suffered a hand injury while preparing for a long drive contest in addition to the prestigious event.
DeChambeau, who was pictured with broken skin on the base of his injured index finger, is set to compete at the Professional Long Drive World Championships in Nevada starting on September 27, a day after the conclusion of the Ryder Cup.
“People don’t realise how difficult long drive really is,” the 2020 US Open champion told Golf.com.
“In golf, it’s the one thing where you can judge your accomplishments by a number.
“Not necessarily by going out and playing golf, because you can catch a sprinkler head or catch a bad break or bad wind. You can see the ball speed number. And when you obtain a ball speed number, it’s so different and unique.
“It’s like a shot-putter shot-putting a new record number. You’re trying to find that full potential to break through.”
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DeChambeau has bulked up in the last couple of years in order to hit the ball with more distance and power.
He is the first full-time PGA Tour professional to participate in the long drive challenge in addition to the Ryder Cup.
Despite the difficulty of what he is trying to achieve, DeChambeau is confident he will be up to the task.
“I do it every week,” he said at the PGA Tour’s season-ending Tour Championship.
“Is it daunting? Yeah. At first, when I was trying to do it last year, it was very scary.
“But now that I’ve been through it and experienced the worst pains from it, and the most relaxed state of it where I’m not doing any speed training, I know how to kind of balance it – for the most part. Why not go hard at life and do both?”
At the tour championship, long drive specialist Reid Russell defeated the Ryder Cup star in a long drive challenge.
DeChambeau had to settle for second place behind Russell who consistently hits the ball further than 375 yards.
“It’s more of an arena environment with massive speakers pumping music and energy drinks to get you amped up,” said DeChambeau of the competition’s format.
“We’re going up against the next guy. It’s not necessarily playing against the golf course; I’m trying to be faster than that guy. It’s a head-to-head competition, which I personally like and enjoy.
“It’s totally different from the environment on Tour. I appreciate and respect that environment, but the long drive environment is tailored more to what I like to do because you can say things and do things that are a little different than out here.”