PGA Tour investigating Bryson DeChambeau's use of a compass

Bryson DeChambeau admits he's been using a compass on the course for nearly two years. 

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018

Bryson DeChambeau is being investigated by the PGA Tour for his use of a compass during the Travelers Championship on Saturday. 

DeChambeau was spotted using a compass with his yardage book during coverage of the third round at TPC River Highlands. But according to the man widely known on Tour as 'The Scientist', using a compass has been something he has done for nearly two years.

“I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” said DeChambeau. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”


According to the PGA Tour, officials are now investigating into whether or not the device is permitted in competitions, with a decision to be explained later this week. 

“They said, ‘Hey, we just want to let you know that we’re investigating the device and seeing if it’s allowable,’” said DeChambeau, who was also investigated by the Tour for his use of side-saddle putting last year. “I understand. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.”

DeChambeau, who won the Memorial Tournament earlier this month, shot a final-round 68 to finish in a tie for ninth at the Travelers Championship - as won by Bubba Watson. 

“It’s a compass. It’s been used for a long, long time. Sailors use it,” DeChambeau said. “It’s just funny that people take notice when I start putting and playing well.”