Bryson DeChambeau derided for agonising slow play at the Northern Trust Open


Sometimes the voices calling for change are simply too loud to ignore.

The hot topic of slow play boiled over on Saturday when renowned slowpoke Bryson DeChambeau hit back at one of his peers who had noted the glacial pace of his play during the second round at the Northern Trust in New Jersey. What is known is pace of play is an ongoing debate in golf and ultimately it will be up to the PGA Tour to address it.

In an article posted on the tour website, Tyler Dennis, the tour's chief of operations, said officials were considering expanding the policy to address individuals who take an excessive amount of time to hit a shot, even if their groups remain on schedule.

DeChambeau stalked the putt from all angles, checked his green-reading book a few times, and then finally, after more than two minutes, hit the putt.

Fellow US PGA Tour players were among those weighing in after a video showed DeChambeau taking more than two minutes to make a putt.

"Slow play in golf isn't anything new - but nowadays, with social media, TV etc it's just being exposed to a new level".

Eddie Pepperell, Ian Poulter and Justin Thomas - who was in DeChambeau's group - were among players to chime in.

DeChambeau defended himself after Saturday's round, immediately launching into an impassioned explanation of why he believes he is being unfairly singled out.

It is not the first time DeChambeau's slow play has been highlighted and world number one Brooks Koepka made no secret of his displeasure at the time taken by playing partner JB Holmes during the final round of the Open Championship at Carnoustie.

The PGA Tour announced Sunday in a release that it will take a deeper look at its current pace-of-play policies. But those times only come into question if a group has fallen out of position and has been put "on the clock"-if the group is in position, players are not timed".

At that point an individual would receive a warning the first time he exceeded the allotted time limit (50 seconds if first to play, 40 seconds thereafter) and would only be penalised for a second such "bad time" in the same round. Something needs to be done about it and hopefully this will lead to the Tour actually doing something to punish slow players.

"We have technology to provide every player with a pace of play report that they can access which breaks down the varying parts of their game and gives feedback on the amount of time on average that the player takes to hit a particular shot".