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Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau together discuss the issue of slow play on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio’s “Out of Bounds”

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Following the heated dispute over pace of play at last week’s Northern Trust, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka together joined hosts Pat Perez and Michael Collins on Sirius XM PGA TOUR Radio’s “Out of Bounds” to discuss the issue of slow play in the sport.

*All quotes courtesy of SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

The two men shared their perspectives and ideas on slow play on Tour, with Koepka believing that one of the major issues is that some players on Tour aren’t aware of their slow play, proposing that players go and watch film to become mindful of the amount of time they take over each shot during a round.

“The guys that are slow first have to acknowledge that they are slow. Go back, go watch film. The best thing I ever did was when I was in college; I had an anger issue. I watched film, this guy went out and filmed me for 18 holes, and I realized what how I acted. I slammed a club, was kicking the bag, walking with head down, shoulders hunched, you’re not giving good body language. When you finally see it for yourself, and you’re like ‘wow that’s bad, I can’t be doing that’.

So go watch yourselves, go figure it out and really realise what you’re doing.”

When asked if any players approached him following last week’s controversy at Liberty National, DeChambeau explained that a couple of players came up to him and told him that they were never waiting despite the perceived slow play of the 25-year-old, while DeChambeau also admitted that he is slow when on the greens and is working on ways to improve his pace over putts.

“A couple of guys that were behind me came up to me afterwards and said ‘We never waited on you, man. There was no issue.’; Which was greatly appreciated. I own up to the fact that I am slow on the greens, there is no surprise in that, and I’m looking at ways to always improve and speed up a little bit.”

Both Koepka and DeChambeau agreed that if the Tour were to add a shot to a player’s score, then no player on Tour would take over the allotted 40 second time – with DeChambeau claiming that it would undoubtedly be the most strenuous punishment.

However, despite both players supporting the idea of a shot penalty if a player took over their allotted 40 seconds, Koepka blamed the “non-confrontational” style of the PGA Tour whom he believes are too frightened at the prospect of making players “mad” to implement a stroke penalty for slow play.

DeChambeau also stated how he is unsure how much quicker rounds could be, even with a stricter rule regards the 40-second shot clock, due to elements such as fans as well as camera crews on the course.

“How much faster are we really making it? 10 minutes? 20 minutes? I get capping it at a maximum but trying to get it from 4 hours to 3.30 is very difficult.”

There was also time for some more lighthearted exchanges. When host Collins brought up that people thought that DeChambeau and Koepka could end up fighting at the Northern Trust, the following humorous exchange ensued.

Collins: “People acted like the two of y’all were going to fight.”

DeChambeau: “Let’s be honest, we know who would win that fight, and it’s not me. Let me tell you right now he’d kick my ass.”

Perez: “We do know that.”

Koepka: “He’s got that right.” 

“Out of Bounds” the weekly show hosted by Pat Perez and Michael Collins airs every Tuesday on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio from 8-10 PM ET.

 

 

 

 

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Jack

    Aug 14, 2019 at 10:15 pm

    Yeah they are not afraid of mad players. There are plenty of silly rules in golf that don’t make sense. They are afraid of the logistics of implementing the rule. It’s fairly labor intensive and difficult to implement. You’d have a marshall following each group who is already keeping score, now having to time accurately each player’s time. It’s necessary to have video backup as well in case of dispute. It’s doable, just would probably need some paid PGA tour staff to do this for accountability. Volunteers vary each tournament and vary each day and have no training.

  2. Ryan

    Aug 14, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Making the player mad isn’t the reason why they don’t enforce it. More time means more commercials and revenue. As for making a player “mad” so what? What is the player going to do, go play in Europe? The prize money isn’t the same and the travel is much tougher. They aren’t going to do that.

  3. larrybud

    Aug 14, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Yeah right, they never waited on you… even when you took 3+ min for a 70 yard shot.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.21.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

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Titleist responds to USGA and R&A’s Distance Insights Report

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Titleist has responded to the USGA and R&A’s ‘Distance Insights Report’ saying in-part that the governing bodies are focusing too much on the men’s professional game, and are undervaluing the skill of the game’s elite.

In a written statement titled “A Perspective on the Distance Insights Report”, David Maher, CEO and president of Titleist’s parent company, Acushnet, wrote

“We believe the conclusions drawn in this Report undervalue the skill and athleticism of the game’s very best players and focus far too much on the top of the men’s professional game and project this on golf and golfers as a whole.”

Maher stressed that the current equipment regulations are sufficient in halting any significant increases going forward by the longest hitters in the game, and believes that any changes implemented that could see a local rule put in place, would be a wrong move.

“The existing equipment regulations allow professional and amateur golfers to play by the same unified set of rules, with the same equipment, and on the same courses. We believe that playing by a unified set of rules coalesces our game, is an essential part of its global understanding and appeal, and eliminates the inconsistency and inability that would come from multiple sets of equipment standards.”

The use of technology to bring younger people into the sport and aid the longevity of golfers was also highlighted by Maher who said

“Golf is bringing younger players into the game sooner and keeping older players longer than ever; professional golf is as dynamic and entertaining as it’s ever been; and the game remains a healthy challenge for all players and at all levels.”

Read the full written statement here.

 

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