Eddie Pepperell Calls DeChambeau 'Single Minded Twit' For Slow Play

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau

Bryson DeChambeau is taking a beating on social media - including posts from other players - for a couple of egregious examples of slow play during the second round of the Northern Trust at Liberty National.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Bryson DeChambeau wasted no time defending himself against accusations of slow play Saturday after harsh criticism on social media stemming from a video showing him taking more than two minutes to hit an 8-foot putt.

"As a member, I'm outraged you can tolerate this". That's not fair, " he said.

"But that gets overlooked with his slow play and complete ignorance of what's going on around him". "Again, it's not a time". It's not working. You don't get timed on how fast you get to the ball.

"I think the guys that are slow are the guys that they get too many chances before they are penalised", McIlroy said. And then you have 40 seconds to hit a shot.

"But walking to your ball really quickly and not starting your process until it's your turn, it's defeating the goal".

"Problem is, the unaffected single-minded twit in this instance doesn't care much for others".

"I get that we're out here, we're playing, and there's nothing I can do about it", Koepka said.

Pros blasted DeChambeau on Twitter. Thomas Bjorn was another who chided DeChambeau. PGA Tour, if you don't do something about this, shame on you!

Pace of play has emerged as perhaps the hottest topic in professional golf these days. The PGA Tour's current timing rules rarely result in stroke penalties. Players can also receive an extra 20 seconds under certain circumstances. Usually by then, the players are fully aware to not go over the timing restrictions. DeChambeau said players have been nice to him and he has not issues with them.

DeChambeau said Saturday that he has received just one bad time this year, during the first round of the Memorial Tournament.

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They state that a player should try to make their stroke in no more than 40 seconds from the time it becomes their turn to play. That is a bad time, and he was warned. "I've fought that till the end of the year".

Even his fellow players on Tour chimed in, with Luke Donald noting that despite the elongated time DeCheambeau still misread the putt by two cups.

DeChambeau believes he's being singled out because of his approach to the game, which includes contemplating air density, wind direction and other factors.

"People say things behind people's back all the time, " he said. Because the way the PGA Tour policy is now for pace of play is not good the way they define it.

Unfortunately, another side of DeChambeau is that he can take quite a long time before his shots.

England's Eddie Pepperell said: "Slow players do this to their partners, making the game less enjoyable".

"But at the same time, it's up to the rules officials".

"I play a different way out there", he said.

"If I hit in the water, I have to take a penalty stroke".

"Fines don't mean anything to these guys".

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