Bryson DeChambeau hopes to play in British Open despite injury

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Wayne Staats
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, July 13, 2018 | 11:00 a.m.

Bryson DeChambeau withdrew from the John Deere Classic, but he said he's not going to miss making the trip to the 2018 British Open next weekend.

DeChambeau walked off the 16th hole on Thursday, withdrawing because of a right shoulder injury. But in an interview with Cameron Morfit of PGATour.com, DeChambeau said he'll be going to Carnoustie for The Open Championship.

"I'm not going to not make the trip," DeChambeau said. "I mean, I feel like -- look, I can still swing and hit a shot. I just don't feel like it would be productive to do so. I don't feel like it's going to be too long a recovery time."

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DeChambeau, 24 years old, was the defending John Deere Classic champion and was the highest-ranked player in the field. His win last year was the first of his PGA Tour career. DeChambeau beat Patrick Rodgers by one stroke, as he carded a 65 in the final round to win at 18-under.

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On Thursday, DeChambeau was 3-over through 15 holes before he withdrew. He said he first felt discomfort when hitting his ball out of the rough on the second hole. Though he felt fine the rest of the front nine, DeChambeau said the pain picked up after that.

"It's really unfortunate, especially with how well I was hitting it coming into this week," DeChambeau said. "I don't know. Life just throws you curveballs and you just got to work with them. It's not fun."

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DeChambeau said he'll rest ahead of next week's Open Championship and will get it looked at more thoroughly.

“I’m not in too bad of pain with my arms down,” he said. “It’s when my elbow gets above my shoulder that it really, really doesn’t feel great.”