Bryson DeChambeau says he’s done with side-saddle putting. After missing the cut by four shots at the Honda Classic, the 23-year-old told Golf Digest he’s dropping the method he used for just over two months because “the USGA doesn’t like me doing it.”
“I’m pretty much done with it,” DeChambeau told Golf Digest. “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.
-From GolfWRX – 2/27/17
God, I just love how this circus continues. I wrote this post last week which was published yesterday talking about being over Bryson. Of course, Bryson gives me this gem over the weekend after missing yet another cut at the Honda Classic. At what point does this guy drop the “do everything weird and be a snowflake” routine and show a little accountability to his game? The USGA ruled his original side saddle putter “non-conforming” which forced him to alter the putter, but come on, is this really the big deal breaker? You managed fine in college and as an amateur without side saddle. As I pointed out yesterday, you aren’t good at putting for an elite professional, Bryson. Stop being a baby about it, put your head down, and grind away at getting better.
Bryson, being the hero that he is, issued a lengthy apology via Twitter for his bashing of the USGA:
I would like to apologize for my remarks regarding the USGA. I was stopped by a member of the media at a bad time and my emotions for the better of me. I respect the USGA and am grateful to be part of their family. My main goal is to make more putts. Over the past couple of months, I have let the distractions get in the way of my performance. My game is improving, and I’m looking forward to getting back into form at the Valspar Championship. Thank you all for your support.
Well on behalf of the USGA, thank you, Bryson. That certainly makes up for “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.” When you’re Dustin Johnson and they make a ruling that screws you mid-round and could cost you a US Open, you can’t start throwing this kind of shade. In the meantime, let’s make a cut and see if we can retain a card, huh?