Golf Channel – Bryson DeChambeau’s reliance on science to craft his play on the course is well known, but he took things to a new level this week at the Travelers Championship when television cameras caught him wielding a compass while looking at his yardage book during the third round.
According to DeChambeau, it’s old news. He’s been using a compass regularly to aid in his preparation for nearly two years, dating back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2016. “I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” DeChambeau said. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”
But social media took notice this weekend, as did PGA Tour officials. DeChambeau explained that he was approached on the range Saturday and informed that the Tour plans to launch an investigation into whether or not the device is allowable in competition, with a decision expected in the next week.
Here’s what’s crazy to me about this all, the official pin locations for the next day are already marked on the greens. So Friday, you can actually see the spray painted dots on the green for Saturday’s pins. Sometimes the official pin location sheets are off. Officials marking the locations using steps as measuring could be off. If Bryson wants to go all Rainman figuring out where the pin locations are, let him. It’s not cheating, it’s being accurate. This is really being overblown, what’s next? Banning throwing grass in the air to measure wind? Reading putts from all directions? Unless he’s taking out survey material in the middle of his round, I don’t see it as an issue. In fact, I’d be disappointed is PING didn’t release fully adjustable graphite compasses with a speed slot by next week. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below. 👇🏼