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I will speed up - DeChambeau

13th August 2019, 13:33 by James Mason

Bryson DeChambeau insists he doesn't want to be the problem after being criticised for slow play at last week's Northern Trust.

American Patrick Reed won the opening FedEx Cup event at Liberty National Golf Club, holding off Abraham Ancer by one shot, but the tournament will largely be remembered for the debate about slow play.

World number eight DeChambeau, who has been pulled up on the subject before, came in for criticism on social media after videos emerged of him taking over two minutes to take an eight-foot putt during his third round.

England's Eddie Pepperell weighed in on the conversation, calling the US star a "single-minded twit" – comments he would later apologise for - while Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Rich Beem also shared their opinions.

DeChambeau's playing partners, Justin Thomas and Tommy Fleetwood, were also visibly frustrated with the slow play and, after initially defending his actions, the American has vowed to speed up.

He posted on Instagram: "I will do my very best to improve my pace. 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."

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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