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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

Transcript

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