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golfer Bryson DeChambeau hit back on Saturday at critics who took to
social media to complain about his painfully slow pace of play.
Fellow PGA Tour players were among those weighing in after a video
showed DeChambeau taking more than two minutes to make a putt.
But the 25-year-old American defended himself after the third round of the Northern Trust in Jersey City, New Jersey.
"Let's talk about slow play, guys," DeChambeau told reporters after
concluding a third-round 71 that left him eight shots off the pace at
"When people start talking to me about slow play and how I'm killing
the game, I'm doing this and that to the game, that is complete and
utter you-know-what. That's not fair."
DeChambeau, who is known for an idiosyncratic approach that includes
using clubs all cut to the same length and a mathematical approach to
reading greens, said he felt he was "somehow being singled out."
"It's really kind of unfortunate the way it's perceived because
there's a lot of other guys that take a lot of time," DeChambeau said.
DeChambeau has been criticised before for slow play, but said the
videos that showed him taking more than two minutes to make a chip and a
similar eternity lining up an eight-foot putt on Friday, were
misleading, since his caddie had called him off one shot and on the
other he was waiting for a group on a nearby tee to hit.
Four-time major winner Brooks Koepka was among those criticising DeChambeau.
"It has just got out of hand," Koepka said.
England's Eddie Pepperell, sympathising with DeChambeau's playing
partners, tweeted: "Slow players do this to their partners, making the
game less enjoyable.
"Problem is, the unaffected single-minded twit in this instance doesn't care much for others."
Ian Poulter felt sorry for a fan who said he had stopped watching golf due to the slow pace.
"There are a few players that continually disrespect their fellow
pros and continue to break the rules without a conscience," Poulter
Former world No 1
Luke Donald called on the PGA Tour to do something to stop the speed
bump for the sake of all players frustrated by the situation.
"Slow play in golf isn't anything new - but nowadays with social
media, TV etc it's just being exposed to a new level. This seems like
the perfect time to do something about it! C'mon people it's 2019, let's
figure this out!" he tweeted.
DeChambeau said that none of his Twitter critics had spoken to him personally.
"We are all trying to do our best to play well and make our livelihoods and win tournaments, right," DeChambeau said.
"But when you start attacking people on Twitter, it's like, come on,
dude. Let's have some more balls to come and speak to my face about