Bryson DeChambeau's slow play prompts PGA Tour reviewing pace of play policy

Pepperell apologizes to De Chambeau for name-calling

Pepperell apologizes to De Chambeau for name-calling

DeChambeau was so pilloried for taking more than three times the allotted 40-second limit to hit a short putt, which he missed, that Ian Poulter implied he was among a group of players who "continually disrespect their fellow pros and continue to break the rules without a conscience".

Just look at Tommy and Justin, both looking completely bored. It's my responsibility to make the game be more enjoyable for all. Problem is, the unaffected single minded twit in this instance, doesn't care much for others.

The day after the tournament in New Jersey, the PGA Tour said in a statement: "The tour's current pace-of-play policy only addresses players whose groups have fallen out of position".

Speaking before the Northern Trust began, four-time major victor Brooks Koepka said players taking too long over their shots was getting "out of hand".

The PGA Tour's current policy puts players "on the clock" when their group falls out of position.

Jay Monahan, the tour's commissioner, has previously claimed not to consider slow play a problem.

"We think technology definitely plays a key role in all of this", said PGA Tour chief of operations Tyler Dennis.

"This year, we have rolled out version 2.0 of an application which allows the officials to monitor every group in real-time, from their positions out on the course, and respond more quickly when a group is getting behind".

The players get 40-50 seconds to take a shot and a first violation results in a warning, while a second one during the same round is punished with a one-stroke penalty.

"We are now in the process of reviewing this aspect of pace of play and asking ourselves, 'Is there a better way to do it?' We think technology definitely plays a key role in all of this and we are thinking about new and innovative ways to use it to address these situations". "We know that the habits of players when preparing to hit a shot can quickly become a focal point in today's world", he said.

"I want to apologise sincerely to Bryson for being personal and -referring to him as a "twit", the Englishman wrote.

"That was unnecessary and something I shouldn't have said", Pepperell added.

DeChambeau initially issued a passionate defence of his actions and urged players to speak him to directly rather than "attack" him on social media, but softened his stance in an Instagram post on Monday.

Before his final round on Sunday, DeChambeau could be seen speaking with Koepka and former world number one Justin Thomas, who played with DeChambeau for the first two rounds.

DeChambeau defended himself following Saturday's third round of the Northern Trust, telling reporters: "When people start talking to me about slow play and how I'm killing the game, I'm doing this and that to the game, that is complete and utter you-know-what".