Travelers Championship

TPC River Highlands

The Loop

Watch Bryson DeChambeau drain his first official putt using the side-saddle method

December 08, 2016

The Bryson DeChambeau side-saddle era is officially underway. After months of tinkering with the technique, the rising star put it into play in the first round of the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Thursday -- and wouldn't you know, he drained his first attempt. How about that?!

And that was no gimme, either! DeChambeau's birdie attempt looked to be about 20 feet. And we loved the little shrug he gave partner Lexi Thompson before giving her a pound. Perhaps, the 2015 U.S. Amateur champ was just as surprised that went in as anyone else who saw it.

Then on the fourth hole, he drained an even longer birdie putt:

DeChambeau and Thompson, the only mixed-gender team in the event, were off to a hot start (five under through seven holes) at the time of this post. It's probably (way) too early to make any judgements on DeChambeau's unorthodox putting stroke, but so far, so good.