A golf rule set to be implemented in 2019 states that players won’t be penalized anymore if balls they play from the green hit the flagstick.
Bryson DeChambeau is the first PGA Tour player who said he intends to use that change to his benefit.
In an interview with Golf.com, DeChambeau said he intends to leave the pin in the hole when he putts once the rule takes effect. He is taking an scientific approach to the strategy, including an analysis of what the flagstick is made of.
“It depends on the COR, the coefficient of restitution of the flagstick,” DeChambeau said. “In U.S. Opens, I’ll take it out and every other Tour event, when it’s fiberglass, I’ll leave it in and bounce that ball against the flagstick if I need to.”
Last season, the USGA and R&A ruled that his use of a compass on the course violated rules.
DeChambeau, 25, has four wins since turning pro in 2016, including two FedEx Cup Playoff wins that helped him earn a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup in September.
–Field Level Media