July 27, 2021

A quirk in the Masters rulebook could leave favorite Bryson DeChambeau struggling on the greens

Bryson DeChambeau looks set to dominate at the 2020 Masters.

After packing on pounds of muscle and returning to Tour with the biggest swing in all of golf, DeChambeau has been over-powering courses with his newfound abilities, including winning the U.S. Open by a remarkable six strokes.

DeChambeau’s bombing drives are likely to be an even bigger advantage for him this weekend at Augusta National. As ESPN’s Nick Pietruszkiewicz broke down in detail, several of the fairway hazards that make Augusta National such a difficult test for the best golfers in the world simply won’t apply to DeChambeau given his distance off the tee.

But while DeChambeau’s drives give him a distinct advantage over the field heading into the Masters this year, a quirk in the rules of Augusta National may work against him on the greens.

At the Masters, unlike other tournaments on tour, players aren’t given detailed green-reading books to help navigate the treacherous putting surfaces of Augusta National. Instead, players are left to rely on their own experience on the course and build on what they’ve learned.

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