Wednesday, March 29, 2017

DeChambeau blames USGA amid putting style switch

Bryson DeChambeau has ditched his side-saddle putting approach, and he pins the reason for the switch directly on the USGA.

After tinkering with a face-on putting style for several starts, DeChambeau returned to a conventional approach last week at the Genesis Open. But the rookie withdrew after 28 holes, and this week he missed the cut by four shots at the Honda Classic. After completing his second round, DeChambeau told Golf Digest the latest change away from side-saddle was not by design.

“The USGA essentially doesn’t like me doing it,” DeChambeau said. “I’m pretty much done with it. They’re not a good organization, and you can quote me on that. I’m part of their family and as family it’s very frustrating to see them stunt the growth of the game.”

DeChambeau began using the face-on technique at the Franklin Templeton Shootout in December, and he used it en route to a T-49 finish at last month’s Sony Open. The next week he was informed that while the technique was permissible, the USGA had deemed one of the multiple putters he submitted for approval to be non-conforming.

He switched to a different, face-on putter at the CareerBuilder Challenge and hasn’t made a cut since, ranking 194th on Tour in strokes gained putting. DeChambeau declined a interview request following an opening-round 73 at PGA National.

In 2015 DeChambeau became just the fifth player to win both the U.S. Amateur and NCAA individual title in the same year. He turned pro last summer and won a Tour Finals event to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2016-17 season. In 10 starts, he has made three cuts with a best finish of T-36 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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