It's been a rough week for Bryson DeChambeau, whose pace-of-play lowlights have been a catalyst for a social media firestorm about the time he takes to play shots on the PGA Tour. DeChambeau was raked over the coals by fellow players, fans and media alike. The PGA Tour even used the opportunity to announce its intention to look at developing new pace-of-play rules for groups not on the clock.
anyone need a nap?
here’s DeChambeau pacing off a 70-yard shot which took over 3 minutes to hit (couldn’t post the entire video it took so long) pic.twitter.com/7A3Azeftyu
— Eric Patterson (@EPatGolf) August 9, 2019
We can... pic.twitter.com/TOnRS4BXds
— Fantasy Golf Pod (@fantasygolfpod) August 10, 2019
Nevertheless, DeChambeau was defiant that he was indeed a fast player overall because he walks to the ball quickly. He feels that, while he may not play the shots themselves very quickly, he isn't lollygagging all the way to his ball after each shot. The feedback for his retort was negative.
Then DeChambeau went up to Brooks Koepka's caddie, Ricky Elliott, suggesting he'd prefer Koepka speak to him personally about pace-of-play than through the press or social media. So, Koepka did. And DeChambeau publicly said he respected Koepka for the talk.
DeChambeau has insisted he remains committed to fighting slow play, and he took to Instagram Sunday night
Slow play affects the quality of the game for both players and our fans and I’ve always had the utmost respect for my playing partners, including JT and Tommy. I’m constantly trying to improve and I will do my very best to improve my pace. Golf is my passion and livelihood. It’s my responsibility to help improve the game to be more enjoyable for all. Pace of play has been an issue for golf at all levels for a long time, and I'm committed to being a part of the solution, not the problem. I want to be a good representative of the game and the @PGATour and I looking forward to working with the TOUR and fellow players to find a solution to slow play.
The conversation between DeChambeau and Koepka continued on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio's "Out of Bounds" on Tuesday night with Pat Perez and Michael Collins.
Now, the question is if DeChambeau will demonstrably speed up his in-shot process this week in Chicago at the BMW Championship.