DeChambeau Leads Putting Stats After Keeping Flag In

The world number five had success in his first competitive round putting with the flagstick in

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The world number five had success in his first competitive round putting with the flagstick in

DeChambeau Leads Putting Stats After Keeping Flag In

The new Rules of Golf have now been used in competition on the PGA Tour and putting with the flagstick in certainly worked for Bryson DeChambeau.

The American kept it in on a lot of his putts and had some great success, leading the field in SG: Putting in round one.

It will certainly take some time getting used to, but below the video shows him rolling in a number of putts with the pin still in.

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“I feel like I maximised my potential on that, especially 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 utilised it to my advantage,” DeChambeau said after his round.

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“I felt like for the most part I needed the pin to be in and it went in and it was a very nice help.

“It's so situational and I don't know when it's actually going to hurt me, if it is going to hurt me. So that's why I got to understand that, when it does hurt me I'll know and that I won't do it anymore,” he said.

“But as of right now it seems like it's a pretty nice benefit.

“On 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. So it's totally situational, still liquid, I'm still learning, under competition, when it's the right thing to do.”

Kevin Na takes a drop from knee height in practice. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Golfing Scientist is in a tie for 6th and three back after day one thanks to a four under par 69 which featured six birdies.

Another player to keep the flagstick in was Marc Leishman, albeit it was only for a single putt.

The Aussie had a three-inch eagle putt and left the flag in for it.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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