The USGA absurdly cracks down on Bryson DeChambeau’s side-saddle putting

Boozehound Diana Murphy and her turtle friend, Mike Davis are at it again. The latest victim of their dictatorial silliness: Bryson DeChambeau.

As has been widely reported/laughed at, the Golfing Scientist, Bryson DeChambeau, has recently employed a side-saddle putting method.

@brysondechambeau might be on to something…

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You know the traditionalists in Far Hills were champing at the bit to put a stop to such a clownish putting stance. And while they couldn’t bar BAD from putting side-saddle (nothing in the rules prevents it), they can make it more difficult for him.

Per Adam Schupak, the USGA has declared DeChambeau’s side-saddle putter non-conforming, according to their arcane and absurd Rules of Golf.

And in true USGA fashion (are you listening, Dustin Johnson?) they informed Bryson Dechambeau at the worst time possible: the night before he was set to tee it up at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

“I was very disappointed with the way they handled it,” DeChambeau said. “They’ve said to me, too, that they don’t like the way I’m doing it. But it’s within the rules, and I don’t know why they don’t like it. They say I’m potentially taking skill out of the game. Anything that helps shoot lower scores or makes golf more fun and grows the game, that’s what I’m all about.”

“Taking skill out of the game”. What in the actual…The USGA didn’t put their foot down on titanium drivers until more than 20 years after distance-boosting drivers were introduced. And consider the difference between the forged irons of 30 years ago and today’s game-improvement irons. Or the ball. Surely these have taken the skill out of the game in a more substantial way than however Bryson DeChambeau had his putter shafted.

This bit of silliness is just another illustration of a core belief here at CLICKON: The PGA Tour ought to be able to police itself, and the blue-blazered buffoons ought to mind their own business and run their tournaments.

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