Bryson DeChambeau is a doubt for next week’s Open Championship after injuring his shoulder during the first round of the John Deere Classic.
The American, who came into the tournament at TPC Deere Run as the defending champion, initially sustained the injury on his second hole of the day after hitting a shot from the rough, but he carried on playing before finally being forced to withdraw from the tournament at the 16th hole.
The 24-year-old now faces a race against time to be fit for next week’s Open at Carnoustie although, after receiving some treatment for the injury, he revealed there does not appear to be any serious damage.
“I’ve had an initial screening and they said saw some instability in the joint obviously from muscles not firing properly and over-inflamed,” DeChambeau said. “Hopefully there is nothing more. I’m not in too much pain with my arms down; it’s when my elbow gets above my shoulder that it really, really doesn’t feel great.”
DeChambeau remains confident he will be fit for the Open and it was more precautionary that he decided to withdraw from this week’s event in Illinois.
“Oh, yeah, I’m not going to not make the trip,” he added. “I feel like I can still swing and hit a shot, I just don’t feel like it would be productive to do so here. I don’t feel like it’s going to be too long a recovery time.”