Single-minded twit! Rivals line up to blast Bryson DeChambeau for two-minute putt at Northern Trust Open
- Bryson DeChambeau angered his rivals by taking two-minutes to take a putt
- The American came under serious fire from Brooks Koepka and Eddie Pepperell
- Pepperell branded DeChambeau a ‘single-minded twit’ in a post on Twitter
- Rory McIlroy and Koepka have both called for one stroke penalties for slow play
A week at the FedEx Cup play-off event in New York that began with Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka calling for one stroke penalties for slow play turned into a social media firestorm after Bryson DeChambeau was filmed taking two full minutes over an 8ft putt.
Blithely ignoring the rules but somehow avoiding any punishment, the Mad Scientist turned into the Evil Genius in the eyes of many of his peers.
Koepka sought out DeChambeau on the putting green before the start of the final round on Sunday, while Englishman Eddie Pepperell characteristically took no prisoners.
Bryson DeChambeau has been blasted by his rivals for taking two minutes to take a putt
Referring to DeChambeau’s two playing partners, Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Thomas, he tweeted: ‘Just look at Tommy and Justin, both looking completely bored.
‘Slow players do this to their playing partners, making the game less enjoyable. Problem is, the unaffected, single-minded twit in this instance doesn’t care much for others.’
Predictably, DeChambeau reacted like most people do when told they’re too slow — badly.
On the damning two minute clip, over a putt that would have taken Koepka ten seconds to complete — adding insult to injury, DeChambeau even missed it — he said: ‘It’s really unfortunate the way it’s perceived because there’s a lot of other guys that take a lot of time. I’m not a slow player.’
World No 1 Brooks Koepka wants to see one stroke penalties introduced for slow play
On Pepperell’s stinging criticism, he added: ‘When you start personally attacking people on Twitter, it’s like, show some balls and speak to me to my face.’ Thomas admitted that he wished that he had. ‘I should have said something to him in person,’ said the American. ‘I like Bryson as a person but he’s a slow golfer. A lot of people that I like are slow. They need to play faster.’
They almost certainly would if one stroke penalties were applied, a point made by Koepka. The world’s best golfer is increasingly vocal on the subject, after becoming visibly frustrated playing in the final round of the Open with another tortoise — JB Holmes.
‘What I don’t get is that if I hit the ball in the water, that’s a one stroke penalty,’ he said. ‘And then you have 40 seconds to hit a shot. That’s in our rule book too. So why can’t the rules officials figure it out and penalize slow play?’
Rory McIlroy agrees and claimed that slow players are ‘given too many chances’
The problem is that players are given two warnings after they get a bad time before the one stroke penalty applies, and by that stage they have suddenly decided they can play quicker after all. ‘I think the guys that are slow get too many chances,’ McIlroy said. ‘We are not children that need to be told five or six times what to do.’
Arguments about slow play have been raging for 30 years but, with the two best players in the modern game nailing their colours firmly to the mast of effective action, perhaps something might finally get done.
As Luke Donald said, in a typically erudite tweet: ‘Slow play in golf is nothing new but, with social media and tv, it’s being exposed to a new level. This seems like the perfect time to do something about it. C’mon people, let’s figure it out!’
With all the sound and fury, it was easy to forget the highly lucrative Northern Trust event was drawing to its conclusion. Former Masters champion Patrick Reed led going into the final round with Justin Rose and Danny Willett three behind, and McIlroy four adrift.
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