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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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  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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Golf’s ‘Spring Break’ crew reunite at Predators-Lightning NHL game

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Golf’s famous foursome – Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Smylie Kaufman – entertained us all on their Spring Break adventure in 2016, and the crew were spotted reunited last night at an NHL game in Nashville.

The guys were chilling in a suite at the game (which the Preds won 7-2), with the snap of the group amusing for a multitude of reasons, but none more so than Rickie Fowler and his wife Alisson Stokke, who seemed unimpressed by what they were watching.

JT and Smylie Kaufman looked to be the most fired up for the game, while one of our Instagram followers hilariously suggested that “Jordan looks like he’s hanging on for dear life.”

 

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The glory days of Spring Break 2016 may be a thing of the past, but it’s still cool to see the four guys hanging out and enjoying themselves, if for nothing more than refreshing the epic memories they gave us five years ago.

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This rookie’s exit from Augusta National is sure to make you smile

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Will Zalatoris led the way of this year’s rookies at the Masters, but another man making his first appearance at Augusta went about his business under the radar and also very effectively.

Robert Macintyre had already finished T6 on his major debut at the 2019 Open Championship, and when he drove down Magnolia Lane last week, the Scot made sure it was an experience shared with his native land. As you can see from the following video.

Rounds of 74,70, and 70 followed as Macintyre adjusted quickly to the test, and with the top-12 and ties receiving an invite to the 2022 Masters, all was to play for on the final day.

The 24-year-old made bogeys on 16 and 17 on Sunday at the Masters, meaning he needed a birdie on the last for a T12 finish. Macintyre knocked his approach to 12 feet and poured in his putt to ensure he’d be back next year.

Was he pleased? I think the following video from Macintyre driving out of the Augusta National premises tells you everything you need to know!

 

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Gary Player’s son ‘banned from the Masters’ for perceived guerrilla marketing

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As the cameras focused on Lee Elder during last week’s honorary starter’s ceremony at Augusta, Gary Player’s son, Wayne, stood directly behind the 86-year-old displaying a sleeve of OnCore golf balls.

Golf fans on social media were outraged by what they had seen and accused Wayne Player of deliberate guerrilla marketing during a moment where the focus was on the first black man to play in the Masters.

According to Wayne’s estranged brother, Marc, Augusta National has since taken action and banned Player, Jr. for the incident.

During Thursday’s opening ceremony, Wayne Player was seen holding the OnCore balls, a company which his father Gary has been an ambassador for since 2018, in several shots during Elder’s introduction.

In response to the criticism, Wayne told Golf Digest that there was “zero intent” in his actions during the ceremony, saying:

“The only thought from that point was that it would be cool for fans to know what ball my dad was teeing off with. That’s where it ends. If I’ve hurt people’s feelings then I’m truly sorry and hope they will forgive me.”

OnCore also told the publication that they did not ask or instruct Wayne Player to visibly display a sleeve of balls next to Lee Elder.

Per Wayne’s brother, Marc Player, his sibling has since been banned from Augusta National and the Masters, who responded to a tweet from CBS’ Kyle Porter on social media saying:

“Agreed. Wayne has since correctly been banned from Augusta National and The Masters tournament. What a shame. What an embarrassment. What a bad decision to allow him on the first tee after years of similar shenanigans. My apologies to all.”

It’s yet another controversy for Wayne Player, who was arrested in 2019 on fraud charges surrounding a rental agreement for a house at the 2018 Masters.

 

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