Flags test your math skills at European Tour’s Scottish Open

Bryson DeChambeau is playing in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, but the man known for taking a “mad scientist” approach to golf — one that sometimes includes a compass on the greens — might just be wishing he was playing on the European Tour this week. 

As if golf wasn’t hard enough, the European Tour is making it even more mentally challenging for players at the Scottish Open. 

As players approach the 14th green, they see a blue flag on the pin, but instead of the No. 14, they see the following: 2, 6, 10, ?

Get it?

Math equations, some more challenging than the one above, are back for a third consecutive year at the popular European event.

Under the equation is the hashtag #MakingMathsCount, which represents a Scottish government group that encourages greater enthusiasm for math. 

It’s a loaded field this year, with 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed and former Scottish Open winners Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson leading the American contingent.

Joining them are Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman, Kevin Chappell, as well as Julian Suri, Harold Varner III, Luke List, David Lipsky, Daniel Im and Chase Koepka.

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