A bold Bryson DeChambeau lashes out at social media critics: “It’s an attack” – Golf Digest
JERSEY CITY, N.J.– On Saturday at Liberty National Golf Club, after a heckler had called out to him from a high-end suite above the 18th hole, Bryson DeChambeau had apparently reached his tipping point. He walked to the edge of the green to deal with the man straight.
“It’s more than just me,” stated DeChambeau, looking up at the stands, speaking calmly but firmly. “There’s a lot going on out here.”
Ends up, DeChambeau was simply getting going. A day after fans and fellow gamers roasted him on social media over clips showing him taking an inordinate amount of time to play two shots in the Northern Trust, DeChambeau used a passionate defense of his viewed pace of play in a media session noteworthy for just how much he needed to say, and how little prodding it took.
“I play a different method out there. I take my 40 seconds that’s been allocated, sometimes over, definitely,” DeChambeau stated after his third-round 71 put him at six under, eight shots behind leader Patrick Reed. “Completely agree. It’s possibly 5 percent of the time. But I’ll tell you that it’s really sort of regrettable the method it’s viewed since there’s a lot of other men that take a great deal of time. They do not speak about this matter, and for me personally, it is an attack. … Individuals don’t realize the harm they are doing to the people.”
The protecting champion of the Northern Trust confessed to stewing over the criticism from fellow gamers such as Ian Poulter and Eddie Pepperell for much of his third round. Among his main points: That he’s not as slow as people believe; and that he’s unfairly targeted, even as the issue persists beyond him.
“There’s a much deeper issue here, and I’m in some way being singled out,” DeChambeau said.DeChambeau stated the 2 clips in concern from Friday’s second round needed context. One, an eight-foot putt that he took two minutes to strike, was an instance in which he was ready to play and his caddie called him off; the other, a pitch shot from 70 yards, was an instance in which he needed to await a group on another tee to strike, and in which he needed to step off the yardage because the area wasn’t marked on yardage books.” Once again, another 1 percenter or 5 percenter, whatever you desire to call that,” he stated.”The majority of the time I am doing my absolute best to get to that next shot.” Worth keeping in mind is that for all of the vitriol directed at DeChambeau online, consisting of from other players, nobody has spoken to him about the problem straight, he states. DeChambeau said he too wants to correct the slow-play issue on tour, and invites conversations with some of his critics, but preferably in individual.”We are all attempting to do our best to play well and make our incomes and win tournaments, right,”DeChambeau stated.”However when you begin attacking people on Twitter, it’s like, begin
, man. Let’s have some more balls to come and speak with my face about that.” Justin Thomas was among DeChambeau’s playing partners on Friday who appeared visibly irritated throughout the round. He didn’t slam DeChambeau straight on social networks, although he reacted to those who did. Speaking on Saturday, Thomas acknowledged DeChambeau has enhanced his rate, but his procedure is still problematic. DeChambeau claims that he counters the time he takes over shots by moving quicker to his ball, sometimes even jogging. Thomas said that argument doesn’t hold up because he still doesn’t start preparing for his shot up until it’s his turn.” If you walk faster than anyone to your ball however are still a hole-and-a-half behind, it’s not working,”Thomas stated.
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