Bryson DeChambeau’s spring schedule includes another Long Drive event

Bryson DeChambeau finished seventh at the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championships last year.

Bryson DeChambeau, who returned to competitive golf this week after nearly two months out to deal with injuries, is competing in another long drive competition the week after the Masters.

DeChambeau, who finished seventh in the Professional Long Drivers Association World Championships last year the week after the Ryder Cup, is entered in the PLDA event scheduled for April 14-16 in Jupiter, Fla.

Bobby Peterson, one of the owners of the association, told The First Call that he spoke with DeChambeau Wednesday morning and said the 2020 US Open winner has confirmed his commitment. DeChambeau is also slated to compete in the PLDA World Championships in October.

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DeChambeau, ranked 13th in the world, returned to the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship on Wednesday, where he was competing for the first time since withdrawing from the Saudi international on Feb. 4 after just one round due to injury. He faced England’s Richard Bland in the first of three round robin matches.

The golfer has only appeared in two PGA Tour events this season, none since the Farmers Insurance Open, where he missed the cut in January.

DeChambeau told Golf Channel this week that he suffered a broken left hand and torn labrum in his left hip. He said he had no expectations and would head into the Masters much easier in two weeks. He plans to compete in the Valero Texas Open next week.

“People are going to say it’s out of speed training and stuff and, of course, some of the stuff is part of that, just abuse and working really, really hard,” said DeChambeau, who in 2019 has has been on a lengthy weight gain and training regimen and last year led the PGA Tour in driving distance. “But at the same time, I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. I learned so much about my body over time and learned how to manage things and how important rest is.

Joseph K. Bennett