Bryson DeChambeau Withdraws From Arnold Palmer Invitational; The PLAYERS & Masters in Question

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Bryson DeChambeau will not defend his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week at Bay Hill after withdrawing due to an injured hand. Now his immediate future for The PLAYERS and the Masters is in question as well.

DeChambeau announced on Monday he won't play, citing a bruised bone in his left hand. In recent tournaments, DeChambeau has visibly nursed his hand and wrist following swings. He missed the cut in his last start at the Farmers Insurance Open and has only appeared in three tournaments during the 2021-22 season.

DeChambeau opened the week at +2800 on DraftKings for the API.

According to DeChambeau, he feels "90 percent" but feels "that it's too short of time for me to get back playing at 100 percent capacity.

"I don't want to come back early and then have to take more time off."

After this week, attention turns to The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass. DeChambeau is +2200 to win the tournament at DraftKings at time of writing, but it's fair to wonder if he'll heal in time to start.

If he misses The PLAYERS, there would be three more tournaments before the Masters on April 7. One of those is the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

DeChambeau, despite his struggles, is still 10th on the oddsboard to win the Green Jacket. At +2000, DeChambeau is behind Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele.

Rahm is the betting favorite this week at +800. He's ahead of McIlroy (+1100), Scottie Scheffler (+1600) and Viktor Hovland (+1600). Find full odds for the tournament here.

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