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Bryson does Bryson: DeChambeau spotted using a compass to read greens

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Plenty of armchair humorists and hot take artists remarked on Bryson DeChambeau’s use of a compass during the Travelers Championship this weekend.

Unfortunately (perhaps) for DeChambeau, the PGA Tour spotted the former physics major utilizing the device.

While it’s highly irregular/quite expected from DeChambeau, the powers that be aren’t certain of the legality of compass use.

“They said we just want to let you know we’re investigating this device and seeing if it’s allowable or not,” DeChambeau said.

The SMU alum also threw this bit of shade at the Tour: “People are saying it’s an unusual device, that’s at least what the tour’s saying… It’s funny people take notice when you start playing well.”

Let’s press pause here for a second to address the elephant in the room: What the heck was Bryson doing with the compass-and-yardage-book routine.

Here’s what he told reporters

“Figuring out true pin locations. The pin locations are a little bit off every once in a while, so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot.”

True pin locations. Is that like true gravity? Anyway, DeChambeau has reportedly been using the device since 2016… How is this the first we’re seeing of it? Does he only bust out the compass when he suspects

It also wasn’t the first time DeChambeau has used the device, he said, noting that he’d been doing so since the 2016 PGA Tour stop in Las Vegas. Reportedly, the Tour’s investigation concerns whether the compass is an “allowable” device (per Will Gray).

What do you think, GolfWRX members? Rules junkies: Is Bryson in violation? Mathematically inclined/cartographers: Is the technique an asset in cases of “untrue” pins?

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  1. gif

    Jun 26, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Perhaps his AimPoint green charts show N-arrow to orient the charts… so Bryson is just aligning the charts to the green topography. However I think it’s a lot more sinister… he’s tracking the earth’s geomagnetic lines to determine how the ball may break due to planetary influences.. 😮

  2. Nathan

    Jun 26, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Does someone need to tell him that pin sheets are not actual size and shape?

  3. Caroline

    Jun 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    What ever it takes…. Pros have to shoot under par most rounds to make a living…those under par rounds also make money for the PGA Tour, the equipment companies and all the other companies paying for commercials each week. Not surprising to see any player trying to find an edge for his/her game.

  4. joro

    Jun 25, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Maybe he is checking which way home for when he goes after he misses a cut.

    • Gerald Teigrob

      Jun 25, 2018 at 4:44 pm

      Seriously? How many cuts has he missed? A lot less than Rory or others!

  5. cwt

    Jun 25, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    He should do his homework the night before the tournament when they announce the next day’s pin placement. By the way, don’t some tournaments have the next day’s hole location marked? I’ve seen reports of caddies doing their homework on Friday’s greens for Saturday when they see the location marked.

  6. Q

    Jun 25, 2018 at 10:10 am

    +1 for true gravity comment. No different than plumb bobbing if you ask me

    • Adam

      Jun 25, 2018 at 11:40 am

      -1 isn’t anything unless you’re an Allman Brothers fan. It’s true north you were looking for.
      – another 2 for not knowing either of these details.

      • Jamie

        Jun 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm

        -100 for tongue-lashing someone for not being an Allman Brothers fan.

        • Gerald Teigrob

          Jun 25, 2018 at 4:45 pm

          I agree with Jamie! Never been a big fan of the Allman brothers although I have a feeling Cher knows more about them than I do.

  7. Johnny Penso

    Jun 25, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I love this guy and the way he is taking his own unique approach to tournament golf. If I had said 5 years ago all the stuff he was doing would work and he’d be winning tournaments and in contention nearly every week I would have been laughed out of the clubhouse. He’s my new favourite golfer!!

  8. Jamie

    Jun 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

    So what do you do if you find a hole that not’s perfectly located on an otherwise conceptual plan probably marked NTS, Bryson? Issue a Micrsoft White Paper? FIS(mart)JAM?

  9. Peter

    Jun 25, 2018 at 8:22 am

    I thought they were talking about a magnetic compass and then I see the photo of the needle/pencil compass, gee whiz PGA, it’s like using a ruler, lay off the Kool Aid.

    • Gerald Teigrob

      Jun 25, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Well said! Next, they might say that flatulating adds an unfair wind advantage. It’s not hurting the integrity of the game and the kool-aid rule aficionados need to find something else to go after since they are apparently bored. As well as the armchair rules officials. Sniffing glue also comes to mind!

  10. jake krayson

    Jun 25, 2018 at 7:13 am

    and in other news,,,both the PGA Tour and the USGA will begin investigating the relative thickness of player’s socks. “We don’t want anyone to feel too comfortable and therefore gain an unfair advantage.”

  11. Richard Douglas

    Jun 25, 2018 at 6:45 am

    The Tour would try to ban his hat if there weren’t so many pictures of Hogan wearing one.

    A compass? How is that an “unusual device”? It determines direction, right? Why wouldn’t a player be entitled to know that? Or is it a GPS that gives coordinates? That should be okay, given all the Garmin watches for sale. (True, the Tour prevents players from using GPS devices to measure distances.)

    When Bryson wanted to putt side-saddle, the USGA ruled his putter non-conforming, but would not commit as to WHY it was non-conforming. They just didn’t like looking at him making putts like that, so they got rid of it.

    The Tour and the USGA. Can any sports organization be as backwards as these two? (Yes, I’m looking at you, R&A….)

  12. Joe

    Jun 25, 2018 at 4:08 am

    Only question the PGA has to answer is this: Does it give him an advantage against his fellow competitor. And the answer is an easy and resounding no. If you allow for yardage books, pin sheets, and green books, you have to allow for accurate measurement of those books to be taken into consideration. If you provide, at all, a graphic that gives an “accurate” distance analog, then you must allow for a player to render their judgement of how accurate that distance is. It’s no different then when Jack Nicklaus began stepping off yardages to get more accurate distances from either 100-150-200 yard markers or sprinkler heads that had measurements. Or if a European player who is not used to Imperial, to have a way to calculate the equivalency into metric. It’s not gaining an unfair advantage in any way.

    I mean, seriously,they are going to let guys use rangefinders in 2019…and they are going to argue against a device that has been around for 1000’s of years.

  13. Brad

    Jun 24, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    The PGA seems to hate Bryson DeChambeau, and they are probably going totally bonkers that the “Mad Scientist” has been so consistently good this season. I’m sure they will rule the compass is not an “allowed device” simply because Bryson is probably the only golfer on tour who could gain any possible advantage from using it.

    If Bryson tried to use an Abacus, they would probably ban that as well…

    • bebop a lula

      Jun 25, 2018 at 7:56 am

      I’m waiting for single length irons to be banned, the Tour do seem to have a thing about him.

      I mean what possible advantage could using a compass a have

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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Sung Kang finally responds to cheating allegations

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Sorry to interrupt your regularly scheduled British Open programming, but Sung Kang stated today he still doesn’t think he didn’t anything wrong. “I followed the rules by the rules official…I think I did the right thing,” he said after his opening round at The Open.

Joel Dahmen, if you recall, accused the 31-year-old pro of taking a bad drop at the 10th hole during the final round of the Quicken Loans National.

The comments were Kang’s first public remarks since a statement co-released with the PGA Tour which said, “He is standing by the ruling that was made by PGA Tour Rules officials on Sunday and will have no further comment.”

While he stopped short of giving his side of the story, Kang did indeed make “further comment.”

Here’s some of what he said.

“I did not want to say anything bad about Joel. Because there can be difference of opinions. But the way he just said it on Twitter was not right. There can be different opinions. And also, it was made a decision by the rules official. So nothing was wrong.”

“I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened, but no comment because I’m not going to say anything. I think I made the right decision. … Even when I say something, a few people still kind of think i still did something wrong. And if someone believes in me, they aren’t going to trust what Joel said.”

“No matter what I say, some people are going to trust it, some people are not going to trust it. And then I’m going to be thinking about it more and more. So I’m just focusing on my golf game.”

The British press asked Kang if he wishes he had done anything differently.

“No. Why? I did the right thing,” Kang replied.

Now, I’m not here to argue one way or the other, but the rules official wasn’t in position to do anything other than leave things at the player’s discretion, which he did. So, it’s misleading–if not downright deceptive–for Kang to suggest otherwise.

The official didn’t see the shot. There was no video of it. The only thing he had to rely on was the accounts of those who did see it. In a situation where accounts vary, and with the Rules of Golf relying on player integrity as they do, all he could do was leave the ball in Kang’s court. Thus, the decision as to where to drop was wholly Sung Kang’s.

Again, this isn’t to say the drop was necessarily bad, bad to play the “decision by the rules official” card is, well, a bad drop.

 

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