Cape Town - Bryson DeChambeau said he would putt
with the flagstick in all the time once the modern rules of golf went
into effect this week, and he's kept his promise.
While many players have balked at taking advantage of the new rule,
which allows players to putt without removing the flagstick, DeChambeau
has wasted little time in changing his approach on the greens, leaving
the flagstick in for the majority of his opening two rounds at this
week's Sentry Tournament of Champions.
The five-time PGA Tour winner also topped the field at 3.868 strokes
gained putting on Thursday, which may well have caught some of the other
“I feel like I maximized my potential on that,” DeChambeau said after
Thursday's first round.
“Especially on 16 today, where it’s kind of
blowing downwind, five percent slope, straight downhill, you want that
pin in to help. So that’s what I kind of did and utilised it to my
advantage. So I felt like for the most part I needed the pin to be in
and it went in and it was a very nice help.”
DeChambeau played alongside Dustin Johnson, who told him that he
would let DeChambeau’s caddie Tim Tucker just handle the flag all day to
“It’s definitely weird. Well, not weird, it’s just different watching
someone putt with the flag in,” Johnson said.
“It actually worked out
where it wasn’t a big deal. It didn’t slow us down or anything.”
DeChambeau said he only took about 20 putts with the flagstick in to prepare prior to the start of the tournament.
“It’s not difficult. People make it too complicated,” he said.
still learning in competition when it’s the right thing to do. I’m gonna
be courteous to the player I’m playing with as well. I’m not gonna be
one of those guys ... that’s not me. I’m trying to be courteous to all the
players out here and respectful. That’s my opinion and it’s been a help