European Tour gets even tougher on slow play

Carrie Guzman
January 16, 2020

Notorious slow coach Bryson DeChambeau has welcomed steps by the European Tour to speed up playing, saying of a new four-point plan of attack being introduced this week: "I love it!"

DeChambeau found himself at the centre of a slow play storm on the PGA Tour a year ago when a video went viral showing him taking more than two minutes to hit an eight-foot putt in the Northern Trust event.

"You know what, I just did what I do, and tried my best and went out and gave it 100 per cent the whole year". The Spaniard is a player who knows how to win tournaments and excels at courses he has proven track records at. It's cool. It's always fun to get to play with these young kids, and you really see in 10 years when I'm close to being on my way out, all these kids that will be up and winning a bunch.

While he admitted his left knee may not be as good as his right for some time still, he is raring to go having only been given the green light to hit balls just before Christmas.

It was a second long lay-off for the four-time major champion in the past couple of years.

"When you have three months off, it's not fun, I know that".

Two continental European players that have great form at Abu Dhabi are Joost Luiten from the Netherlands and Belgium's Thomas Pieters. I struggled to get down to read a putt. "I think what they did there is awesome".

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"Unfortunately, just it wasn't the fit that we thought it would be for me". "Coming into this event past year, I was sort of maybe 80th in the world or something, and I had not great form".

"Every tournament I play in, I still go in with the mind-set that I'm going to win and do my absolute best to win". And there are many times out there, more than anything, our group is waiting for people to leave., So I certainly don't want to be waiting for the players. I want to be able to say that I can win worldwide, which I've done.

"All I am doing is my best to be better, and that is what I look forward to this year, once again, as I said, a new me, a new person, and a way that will represent all tours, everything Golf in general in a positive way to help grow the game".

"The European Tour and the PGA Tour play more of a global schedule, especially in the last decade", added the two-time PGA Tour victor.

"So, when I consider a change like that, I appreciate it". He hasn't played since, missing both the World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions and the Presidents Cup. I'm not not playing anything. He said he enjoyed his time here. Everybody's dinged up a little bit.

"I have it in my head what I want to achieve this year and the main thing for me is to make that Ryder Cup team".

But his Presidents Cup debut will be more memorable after the rookie claimed three points in his five matches as the U.S. won 16-14 after a fightback in the Sunday singles.

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