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DeChambeau slammed for slow play

10th August 2019, 19:04 by James Mason

Bryson DeChambeau has come under fire once again after his pace of play on the PGA Tour was questioned this weekend.

Discussions about slow play have cropped up more and more on the American circuit this season and 25-year-old DeChambeau, who has been criticised before, is once again at the centre of the storm.

The Californian has come under fire during this week's Northern Trust, taking over two minutes to hit a 70-yard chip during his third round on Saturday, and a similar time for an eight-foot putt.

His fellow professionals have been very vocal of the painfully slow play and England's Eddie Pepperell, who is not playing at the first FedEx Cup event, slammed DeChambeau for his actions.

"When it's as egregious as Bryson was [on Saturday], and if they're already behind, then shot penalties should be handed out," he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "Fines don't mean anything to these guys. You'd only need to hand out a few penalties and things would improve quickly!"

Rich Beem, the 2002 US PGA Championship winner, also weighed in on the debate, saying: "This has got to stop. PGA Tour, if you don't do something about this, shame on you!

"As a member, I'm outraged you can tolerate this. You talk about 'protecting the field', then protect it by penalizing/disqualifying this type of behaviour. Enough!"

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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