PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Bryson DeChambeau is not accustomed to losing, and that is the adversity he currently faces in his first full PGA Tour season.
His past five events have included four missed cuts and one withdrawal, for which he was called out last week at the Genesis Open. There has also been the lingering issue of his unique sidesaddle putting stroke and his desire to use a putter the USGA deemed non-conforming earlier this year.
Now the putting stroke itself is out the window as DeChambeau has returned to the conventional style. To say the least, he isn’t happy about it.
“It was a long conversation,” DeChambeau told GolfDigest.com on Friday after shooting 4-over 144 and missing the Honda Classic cut by four strokes. “But the USGA essentially doesn’t like me doing it. 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.”
GolfDigest.com quoted a USGA spokeswoman as saying that the governing body confirmed with DeChambeau that his sidesaddle method complies with the Rules of Golf and that he could feel confident in continuing to use it.
DeChambeau, the 2015 U.S. Amateur and NCAA champion, first tried the rare method when paired with Lexi Thompson at the Franklin Templeton Shootout in December.
Putting has been a glaring weakness for DeChambeau of late. He is ranked 194th in strokes gained putting on the PGA Tour this season.