Bryson Dechambeau Gets Ripped for Slow Play
Alex Myers discusses the PGA Tour's latest slow-play controversy involving Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, and other golfers.
Released on 8/13/2019
So the issue of slow play in the PGA Tour reached
a boiling point over the weekend at the Northern Trust,
with two of the game's biggest stars getting into it.
After being called out for playing too slowly,
Bryson DeChambeau told Brooks Koepka's caddy
that his boss should say it to my face.
Big surprise here, but Brooks said it to Bryson's face,
and things got heated.
Actually, by all accounts it was a civil conversation.
I know, I know, disappointing.
But it was still an important one.
Pace of play has become a huge problem in the sport,
and if the tour isn't going to do anything about it,
it's up to tour pros to figure it out among themselves.
To be clear, Bryson is far from the only slowpoke out there.
I'm not going to name names, but [coughing] J.B. Holmes,
[coughing] Patrick Cantlay, [coughing] Jason Day,
[coughing] Kevin Na, [coughing] excuse me.
You get the point.
A lot of guys need to pick up the pace.
Heck, a lot of people I play with on the weekend
need to pick up the pace,
but we're not talking about those people today.
We're talking about Bryson.
But seriously, Alan, you need to pick up the pace.
During the second round at Liberty National,
videos of DeChambeau deliberating over two shots
in particular went viral.
In one, the five-time PGA Tour winner took
more than three minutes to play a 70-yard shot,
including him pacing off the distance
by walking all the way to the hole and back.
In the other video, Bryson took more than two minutes
to attempt an eight-foot putt,
and he missed.
Not surprisingly, fellow tour pros
from Koepka to Ian Poulter were not pleased,
not to mention Bryson's playing partners,
Justin Thomas and Tommy Fleetwood, who looked more bored
than me sitting through The Revenant.
Eddie Pepperell went as far as to call Bryson
a single-minded twit.
You gotta love Eddie.
DeChambeau, however, went on the defensive,
calling the comments an attack and falling back
on his argument that he's allowed more time to hit
because he walks fast to his ball.
I know you were a physics major in college,
but that math doesn't add up.
And to those wondering, playing within an allotted time
is part of the rules of golf.
It's just never called.
The last individual player to get hit
with a slow-play penalty was Glen All Day back in 1995.
That's 24 years ago!
DeChambeau was still using single-length diapers then.
So yeah, the Tour has been on the clock
for figuring this out for a while, and to those contending,
But they've got so much on the line.
Of course, they need more time,
consider the poor souls forced to watch this
while they wait to play their shots.
They have a lot on the line too.
In the aftermath, the PGA Tour announced it's looking
into potential changes to its pace-of-play policy.
That's good news, but it's about time,
because on the PGA Tour, these guys are good,
but a lot of them are also quite slow.
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