Bryson DeChambeau adopts new putting style, contends at Valspar

March 11, 2017

Bryson DeChambeau is employing a new putting method at the Valspar Championship this week, and it seems to be working so far.

The 23-year-old ‘Golf Scientist’ has been tinkering away at his putting stroke this season, going from side-saddle to traditional and now to ‘Matt Kuchar-style’ — using a longer putter while resting the club along his left forearm. So far, that seems to be paying off: DeChambeau starts the weekend tied for eighth at five under par. He hadn’t made a cut on the PGA Tour since the Sony Open in January, and was second to last in strokes gained putting on Tour (-0.962, 211th out of 213).

“It’s getting really comfortable,” DeChambeau said. “I’m rolling it down my line and seeing a lot of great lines this week and making some putts finally.”

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After missing the cut at the Honda Classic, DeChambeau got heated with the USGA, who had earlier said one of his putters used in the side-saddle method was non-conforming. DeChambeau put the blame on the USGA but later apologized.

“There’s been a lot of things that have been happening lately and I’m finally getting back to playing some good golf,” DeChambeau said. “I found a way [to putt] that’s worked pretty well and making some putts.”

DeChambeau tees off for round three at 1:15 p.m. with Wesley Bryan.