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DeChambeau has no qualms with slow play rules

14th January 2020, 16:53 by Bobbie Jackson

Bryson DeChambeau insists he has no issues with new slow play rules coming into action for this week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

The world number 16 came under fire for slow play last season, in particular when he took almost two-and-a-half minutes deliberating over an eight-foot putt at The Northern Trust.

DeChambeau felt he was unfairly targeted and claimed he didn't break any PGA Tour rules governing the pace of play.

New rules have been introduced on the European Tour, with tougher penalties, and this week's event in Abu Dhabi will be the first time they come into effect.

The American will be keen to avoid falling foul of the changes in the laws and insists he is happy to see the governing body act.

DeChambeau said: "I love it. I was playing under the rules and there was no rhyme or reason to be called out, other than the fact that it looked like it was a really, really long time that it took, and it was, absolutely. I'm not saying it wasn't.

"But I was playing under the rules at that point in time, and there's no reason or why I should have been given so much heat, considering other things that had occurred that day and previous days of other people that I played with and other things that occurred.

"I welcome it. I don't want to be out there for six hours, nor does anybody, right. And there's numerous times out there, more than not, our group is waiting for people to go, and so I certainly don't want to be waiting on players. It's going to hurt my momentum. Every time it happens, I feel like I get cold."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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