Bryson DeChambeau will be a noticeable absentee from this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii after aggravating his wrist in his first outing of the year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
The world number 8 was far from his best on the Plantation Course at Kapalua, finishing in a share of 25th after closing with a one-under round of 72, the second worst score on Sunday.
Brett Falkoff – DeChambeau’s agent – had told Golf Channel that his client’s wrist has been troublesome in recent times before PGA Tour Communications announced the withdrawal of the 28-year old.
DeChambeau finished tied-11th at last year’s Tour Championship before helping the USA to victory over Europe at the Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits and going on to compete in the world long drive contest the following Monday. He’s since only competed at the Hero World Challenge where he tied 14th out of the 20-player field.
One man certainly not looking to withdraw from this week’s Sony event in Maui is Seamus Power who took a short 30-minute flight to the main Hawaiian island of Oahu to prepare for the start of Thursday’s $7mil event. It will be the West Waterford man’s fifth appearance since making his debut in 2016.
“It’s much the same as past years, as I fly over Monday morning and I’m staying with friends which is great,” Power said after finishing in a tie for 15th at the Sentry, taking his season earnings to $788,000 already and moving him to 21st on the FedEx Cup standings.
“Then I’ll go and check out the golf course Tuesday and Wednesday and be ready to go Thursday.”
Joining the new world number 63 in the event will be fellow Irishman Graeme McDowell who’s still chasing a spark having dropped to 328th place on the world order.