Bryson DeChambeau’s first round attempt at putting with the pin-in was a huge success, with the American leading the tournament in putting for the day. Despite the success, DeChambeau wasn’t so convinced, stating post-round that the decision to keep the pin in whilst putting was still in a test phase.
“It’s so situational and I don’t know when it’s actually going to hurt me, if it is going to hurt me,” he said. “So that’s why I have to understand that, when it does hurt me I’ll know and I won’t do it anymore. But as of right now it seems like it’s a pretty nice benefit every once in a while.”
“At 14, I kind of pushed it a little bit and it went in the right side, and if I hit it a little harder it may lip out, but instead it hit the flag and went in easily,”
“On 16 today, where it’s kind of blowing downwind, five percent slope, straight downhill, you want that pin to help. So that’s what I kind of did and utilized it to my advantage.”
Bryson’s strategy to leave the flagstick either in or out stems from the situation he finds himself in, so don’t always expect him to keep it in.
“It’s totally situational, still liquid, I’m still learning, under competition, when it’s the right thing to do. Look, I’m going to be courteous to the player I’m playing with as well, I’m not going to try and be, “Oh, I need to put it back in every time. I’m not going to be one of those guys, that’s not me. I’m trying to be courteous to all the players out here and respectful. So that’s my opinion on it, my thought on it, and it’s been a help so far.”
What do you think? Are you going to give Bryson’s strategy a run?